Chetzemoka stays in service during busy summer weekends

by Tim Flanagan on August 20, 2011

JUDITH LAVOIE has the story in the Victoria TIMES COLONIST:

After more than a decade of talks, rubella the water around Race Rocks remains without federal protection. Now a push has begun to persuade Fisheries and Oceans to step back and allow Parks Canada to manage the Salish Sea from Race Rocks to Gabriola Passage.

The Race Rocks Advisory Board, viagra approved a reincarnation of a board which sat between 1999 and 2002, this site was disbanded in March and some members have little faith that DFO can push an agreement to create – and fund – a marine protected area.

Angus Matthews, executive director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, who sat on both advisory boards, is fed up with fragmented jurisdictions and the lack of progress. He fears that, if agreement is reached, the proposal could derail when it reaches Ottawa, as happened in 2000.

"Most people are shocked that Race Rocks is not protected," said Matthews, who is about to look for support from the Discovery Centre’s 17,000 members. "The public expects more from government and the ocean needs more. Race Rocks is the porchlight of the Salish Sea."

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Vessel will go to drydock for repairs mid-week

PORT TOWNSEND – The Port Townsend and Whidbey Island communities have been seeing record-breaking numbers of tourists as vacationers take advantage of the last few weekends of summer. To help accommodate another influx of tourists expected this weekend, cialis 40mg
Washington State Ferries (WSF) is scheduling needed repairs to the Chetzemoka for mid-week.

WSF has been running the Chetzemoka after temporary repairs were made to the vessel last week, website
but yesterday a custom-manufactured part arrived from Wisconsin and the vessel has been scheduled for drydock.

“Our goal is to stay at full capacity on this route, Myocarditis
so we are scheduling the repair to the Chetzemoka mid-week to accommodate weekend travelers,” said George Capacci, WSF deputy chief of operations and construction.

Commuters and travelers planning to take the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry next week should plan ahead for a modified schedule and reduced capacity on the route. WSF will reduce the route to one-boat service Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Thursday, Aug. 25, while shipyard workers permanently repair the Chetzemoka.

The 64-car Salish will provide one-boat, 15-hour-a-day service Tuesday, Aug. 23, through Thursday, Aug. 25 (6:30 a.m. out of Port Townsend to 9:15 p.m. out of Coupeville). The goal is to have the Chetzemoka back in service as the #1 vessel on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route on Friday morning, Aug. 26. WSF strongly recommends that customers make reservations for travel on the route during the three-day period of reduced capacity. Travelers can make reservations online or by calling 511.

On Aug. 9, the Chetzemoka was removed from service for the day due to a leaking keel cooler, a component on the vessel’s hull that cools fresh water from the diesel engines so systems don’t overheat. The U.S. Coast Guard approved a temporary fix and the Chetzemoka returned to service Aug. 10. A replacement keel cooler was manufactured and shipped from Wisconsin, arriving Thursday, Aug. 18. It will take three days (including transit to and from Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes) to install the replacement.

View the Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule; only sailings marked with a “1” will be available Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Thursday, Aug. 25.

Hyperlinks in the news release:
Online reservations
Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule

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