Bremerton/Seattle route affected by issues with MV Sealth

UPDATE (12:48 p.m.):

The following update was provided by Marta Coursey, director of communications for WSDOT Ferries.

· During a routine overnight hull inspection Thursday, Dec. 6/Friday, Dec. 7, crews discovered a leaking seam in the hull on the No. 2 end on the port side of the Sealth, approx. 4' 3" below the waterline.

· Friday morning at 8:20 a.m. a port engineer and USCG inspector inspected the vessel. The seam was leaking and flexing while the vessel was underway. The joint decision was made to remove the vessel from service.

· We are removing the Sealth from service and replacing it with the 64-car Salish (which has been in standby status at Eagle Harbor) beginning with the 3 p.m. sailing from Bremerton (4:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle) through Sunday (#1 position). There will be no wi-fi or galley service on the Salish while it is on the Bremerton route, and it has limited vending machine choices.

· On Monday, Dec. 10:

    • The Salish will be moved to the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route, joining the 87-car Klahowya and the 87-car Tillikum, for a minimum of a week. This will allow us to have three-boat service on the Triangle route, but with reduced capacity, and no wi-fi service on the Salish.
    • The 124-car Issaquah will be moved to the Seattle/Bremerton route (currently on the Triangle route). The Issaquah has wi-fi, but galley service may not be available at the beginning of the week.

· We are making arrangements with Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes to perform an emergency drydocking to repair the seam in the Sealth, at this time scheduled for Dec. 15-17, subject to the completion of the barge currently on their drydock.

· The estimated cost of the shipyard work is  $93,971.

· A series of boat moves is scheduled for Dec. 17. It is important that the Sealth is back in service so these boat moves can occur.

UPDATE (11:46 a.m.): The Sealth will be replaced by the Salish starting with the 3 p.m. sailing today, Dec. 7. The Salish has a 64-car capacity, 26 fewer than the 90-car Sealth. The Sealth had been operating as a replacement vessel on the Bremerton/Seattle route, already reducing capacity from the 144-car Kaleetan.

WSDOT said in a release that the the Salish should continue as the replacement boat until the end of service on Sunday, Dec. 9. On Monday, Dec. 10, the Salish will be replaced by the 124-car Issaquah.

Customers should expect long lines over the weekend, according to WSDOT. Wi-fi and galley service will not be available on the Salish. Limited vending machine options are available.

When the Issaquah replaces the Salish on Monday, Wi-fi should again be available. However, WSDOT  said galley service may not be available at the beginning of the week.

UPDATE (10:16 a.m.): WSDOT reports that the 11:10 ferry on the Seattle/Bremerton route will be affected now as well. They believe the delay will be around 24 minutes.

UPDATE: The 8:30 a.m. sailing from Seattle to Bremerton was delayed 30 minutes. The 9:45 a.m. sailing from Bremerton to Seattle should arrive 30 minutes late, around 10:15 a.m.

WSDOT: The 8:30am sailing from Seattle to Bremerton is delayed due to necessary maintenance to the Sealth. This will delay the 9:45am sailing from Bremerton to Seattle. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when more information becomes available.

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