Three Washington State Ferries crew members found a way to save the state of Washington more than $700,000 per year and in doing so picked up the President’s Transportation Award for water transportation.
Staff Chief Mark Nitchman, Captain John Tullis and retired Captain Bill Chappel studied the effect of the 202-car ferry Puyallup’s speed on its fuel consumption. They suggested new throttle settings to maximize fuel efficiency. After a successful pilot project, the settings were adopted as the operating standard for both boats on the Edmonds-Kingston route. They also reduce exhaust emissions.
The changes save 15,000 gallons of fuel per month, or 180,000 per year, said director David Moseley.