Topic: Ferries

Ferries on Storm Routes

Written on December 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm, by

This alert just came in from WSF… Wind storm throws wrench in ear­ly hol­i­day sail­ing sched­ule The ongo­ing wind storm has already had sev­er­al impacts on sail­ing sched­ules across the region today. And more changes could be on the way. There­fore, pas­sen­gers will need to plan ahead and poten­tial­ly alter their trav­el plans accord­ing­ly depend­ing on where  Con­tin­ue Reading

Governor’s Electric Ferries Proposal

Written on December 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

This just in from WSF… Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee unveiled his “Clean Trans­porta­tion” (PDF) pro­pos­al last week and it includes invest­ments in elec­tric-hybrid state fer­ries. This announce­ment gives us a peek into state invest­ments in the 2019–2021 bien­ni­um and many of them focus on fight­ing cli­mate change and reduc­ing green­­house-gas emis­sions. The gov­er­nor has bud­get­ed $64.3 mil­lion  Con­tin­ue Reading

Temporary WSF Schedule Change

Written on October 19, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s the offi­cial word from Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries about ser­vice dis­rup­tion com­ing up next week… Reduced ser­vice on Anacortes/San Juan Islands route Oct. 22 to Nov. 4 With sev­en of our fer­ries in need of atten­tion, we made the dif­fi­cult deci­sion late last week to tem­porar­i­ly down­size our Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Colum­bia route from four to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Ferry Advisory Committee Seeks Input on Long Range Plan

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:01 am, by

Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries recent­ly released the draft for their Long Range Plan look­ing out the next two decades to 2040. This has been a long time in the mak­ing, includ­ing meet­ings over the last year and pub­lic out­reach by WSF this spring. The draft plan is now open for com­ment, and the final draft will  Con­tin­ue Reading

FHHS band members to participate in UW Band Day

Written on September 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm, by

We hear from Jill Urbach… “FHHS band mem­bers are on their way to par­tic­i­pate in UW Band Day today. They’ll get to play on the field dur­ing half time tonight. Anna Faris was on our Fer­ry and was gra­cious enough to take a pic­ture with all of us.”

On the Ferry

Written on September 6, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

From pho­tog­ra­ph­er John Miller, “Caught this young fel­low (Eric)  prac­tic­ing on the fer­ry the oth­er day.” 

More Ferry Woes

Written on August 23, 2018 at 9:11 am, by

This came in yes­ter­day from Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries… On August 22, the M/V Hyak was removed from ser­vice for urgent motor repairs. The M/V Chelan will replace the Hyak on domes­tic San Juan Islands routes begin­ning on August 23 through August 29. Please see below for infor­ma­tion on can­celled sail­ings and added/modified sail­ings dur­ing this  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hello Suquamish!

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:45 am, by

WSF is excit­ed to announce that we offi­cial­ly took deliv­ery of our fourth 144-car fer­ry, Suquamish, late yes­ter­day, July 26, from ship­builder Vig­or. Fol­low­ing out­fit­ting, sea tri­als and crew train­ing, the new Olympic Class fer­ry is sched­uled to begin car­ry­ing pas­sen­ger this fall. Suquamish will oper­ate on the Mukilteo/Clinton route in the sum­mer and will serve as a  Con­tin­ue Reading

For the love of our ferries…

Written on July 21, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s an excerpt from this week’s Week­ly Fer­ry Update… Please spread the word that crab pots need to be weight­ed prop­er­ly and/or dropped well away from fer­ry lanes. The Sal­ish – which is on the Coupeville route — has end­ed up with mul­ti­ple lines tan­gled up in it this week (includ­ing on Tues­day when pots  Con­tin­ue Reading

Got Something to Share with WSF?

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Dear San Juan Update, In a three days, the Wash­ing­ton State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion (WSTC) will be send­ing you and 30,000 oth­er mem­bers of the Voice of Wash­ing­ton State (VOWS) a link to a short sur­vey on your use and views of the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ry Sys­tem (WSF). We wel­come your help in get­ting peo­ple involved.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Yakima Service Update

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm, by

Here’s some news from WSF about why the Yaki­ma has been run­ning late recent­ly… The M/V Yaki­ma has been unable to keep its sched­ule since sus­tain­ing pro­peller dam­age on April 22, despite WSF’s efforts to repair the pro­peller blade. Because there is cur­rent­ly no stand­by ves­sel avail­able to sub­sti­tute for the Yaki­ma, WSF has decid­ed  Con­tin­ue Reading

Public Outreach Continues for WSF Long Range Plan

Written on May 9, 2018 at 7:29 am, by

In last week’s week­ly update from WSF, there was this note from Amy Scar­ton, Assis­tant Sec­re­tary, WSDOT/Ferries Divi­sion. Note that if you missed their event at Brick­works, you can still see the plan and give feed­back at the links below… There’s still time to share your input for the future of Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries. This week  Con­tin­ue Reading

Ferry Plan Open Houses

Written on April 28, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Come Share Your Ideas at WA State Fer­ries Local Open Hous­es May 2 Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries will be hold­ing open house events next Wednes­day May 2 in Fri­day Har­bor, and on some inter­is­land fer­ry runs, to gath­er input for the 2040 Fer­ries Long Range Plan. This effort has been under­way for the last year or so,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Yakima Service Update

Written on April 27, 2018 at 10:33 am, by

So what was up with the Yaki­ma this week? Here’s a recap from Amy Scar­ton Assis­tant Sec­re­tary, WSDOT/Ferries Divi­sion at WSF Head­quar­ters… Thanks to the quick work of our crews, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route is back on its reg­u­lar sched­ule fol­low­ing an unfor­tu­nate meet­ing between the Yaki­ma and a sub­merged object on Sun­day. One  Con­tin­ue Reading

Extra Stop at Lopez

Written on April 27, 2018 at 9:27 am, by

This Sat­ur­day, April 28, the fer­ries will make one extra stop at Lopez Island to accom­mo­date par­tic­i­pants in the annu­al Tour De Lopez, the largest bicy­cle event in the San Juan Islands.  This event is expect­ed to draw large groups of rid­ers. The extra stop will occur Sat­ur­day morn­ing on the 7:30 am sail­ing depart­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

M/V Yakima Back in Service

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm, by

Here’s the lat­est from WSF… Repairs to the M/V Yaki­ma have been com­plet­ed and (on Wednes­day, April 25) it returns to ser­vice with the 4:30pm sail­ing from Ana­cortes to Lopez and Fri­day Har­bor. This will return the route to the reg­u­lar sched­ule. Ser­vice to Sid­ney, BC will resume on Thurs­day, April 26. Reser­va­tion hold­ers will con­tin­ue to  Con­tin­ue Reading