Guemes Channel. Curtis Wharf. The MV Sealth is the sole remaining Issaquah 100 Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.
ANACORTES – The 90-vehicle, 1,200-passenger Sealth will be lifted out of the water and onto dry-dock at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes on Monday, March 3, to investigate issues found during sea trials and diver inspection.
The Sealth was removed from service on the San Juan Islands/Anacortes route on Wednesday, Feb. 12, due to mechanical issues. Crews have made several repairs to the steering system, but have been unable to return the vessel to service.
“We’ve been working day and night to determine the cause of Sealth’s recent mechanical issues,” said David Moseley, WSDOT assistant secretary, ferries division. “Underwater video and sea trials suggest the problem could be with the rudder system beneath the vessel, requiring us to move the vessel to dry-dock for further investigation.”
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is a government agency that operates automobile and passenger ferry service in the U.S. state of Washington as part of the Washington State Department of Transportation. It runs ten routes serving 20 terminals located around Puget Sound and in the San Juan Islands, designated as part of the state highway system. The agency maintains the largest fleet of ferries in the United States at 22 vessels, carrying 24.2 million passengers in 2016. As of 2016, it was the largest ferry operator in the United States, and the fourth-largest ferry system in the world. Wikipedia
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