Washington State Ferries announced moments ago that its new 64-car ferry Chetzemoka will begin sailing the Port Townsend-Keystone route on Monday, Aug. 30. That will come after festivities Aug. 29 on Whidbey Island, in Port Townsend and aboard the boat. They’re still being planned.
The $65.5 million Chetzemoka is undergoing final outfitting and dock trials at Everett Shipyard. Washington State Ferries will conduct dockside traiing in mid-July and full crew and vessel training will begin in late July.
A second 64-car ferry is already under construction. It would also be the second boat on the Port Townsend route during the busy half of the year. Steel is being cut for a third one, for the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route.