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Chetzemoka Takes Over PT Route on Aug. 30

July 1st, 2010 by ed friedrich

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.

2 Responses to “Chetzemoka Takes Over PT Route on Aug. 30”

  1. Usedbookman Says:

    Among the most expensive ferries purchased by WSF at $1,000,000 per automobile space. Almost as much as WSF spent for the Jumbo Mark II ferries on the Bainbridge route.

  2. Josh Says:

    And now…. problems, problems, problems. She will not be ready. Meanwhile lets pay to train those employees on a vessel that is not safe for the public.