Second 64-car ferry starting sea trialsApril 13th, 2011 by ed friedrich
The state’s second 64-car ferry, the Salish, will be conducting builder’s sea trials this week in Puget Sound. It is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007.
Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to
demonstrate the ferry to U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State
Ferries inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of it. Later this
spring, WSF crews will begin training and familiarization with the
Salish on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route to get it ready to
sail this summer.
The Salish’s sister ship, the Chetzemoka, began service on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route in November. For more information about the Salish, including photos of vessel construction, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Ferries/64CarFerries.