Second 64-car ferry starting sea trials

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.

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