SEATTLE Washington state ferry passengers who take the Edmonds-Kingston run will be dealing with extra delays through Thursday because the run has been reduced to one boat.
Passengers report a couple hours wait for the Edmonds-Kingston ferry after the ferry Spokane was moved to the Bainbridge-Seattle run following Tuesday's outage. The Seattle-Bainbridge run is one of the busiest for the ferry system.
The problem is a hangover for the system after the ferry Tacoma lost power Tuesday afternoon and got stuck in the middle of Puget Sound. It was traveling between Seattle and Bainbridge Island when it lost propulsion, stranding 405 passengers.
WSF Interim Assistant Secretary George Capacci said engineers are focusing on a malfunction of the switchboard that controls propulsion, but says a final cause is undetermined. It could be next week before it is put back in service.
Capacci says he plans to move the ferry Chelan from the San Juans down to Edmonds/Kingston by tomorrow and restore two boat service. That will eliminate international runs to Sidney, BC for Thursday and Friday.
Right now, the ferry system is down four boats, due to maintenance or repair. Capacci says WSF will now pull the Wenatchee from drydock in Canada, to ease congestion, and hopes to have it back in service by Friday. The Tacoma may not be return to service until next week, according to Capacci.
He also acknowledged passenger complaints regarding Bainbridge runs which were not at full capacity Tuesday night in the midst of the crisis. He cited a Federal Law which mandates a certain amount of life rafts for ferry passengers in the event of an emergency. Capacci says with the loss of the Tacoma, it meant there weren't enough life rafts to comply with the law, and is why workers limited the amount of passengers.
We should have done a better job informing the public in the terminal (Tuesday), said Capacci, That's one of the lessons learned.
Thursday morning sailings from Kingston: 4:55 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
Edmonds departures: 5:35 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
Updates will be provided as information is made available. Check ferry alert bulletins
KING 5's Chris Daniels contributed to this report