Chetzemoka Takes Over PT Route on Aug. 30

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 thoughts on “Chetzemoka Takes Over PT Route on Aug. 30

  1. 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. 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.

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