WSF working to expand supply of licensed deck officers
Posted November 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm by San Juan Update
In their weekly update to the public, Washington State Ferries shared news about the effects of improvements made to their training programs.
While it remains important to continue hiring new crewmembers as Washington State Ferries looks to the future, our biggest short-term constraint continues to be a lack of licensed deck officers — captains and mates — who require significant training time.
Earlier this year, we created two new programs that encourage our current employees to take the necessary courses and exams to obtain a mates’ credential. Over the next 18 months, we expect more than 40 employees to complete all the training and credentials necessary to work as mates, which is great for future system stability. We’re seeking to make these programs permanent.
In their update, WSF also noted that they do not anticipate being able to restore Sidney, B.C service any sooner than summer 2023.
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