WSF working to expand supply of licensed deck officers

Posted November 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm by

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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