State’s newest ferries are proving pricey

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

The ferries were bought at a high price and have some odd characteristics: the tendency to list, order
the engines that seem to waste fuel, visit this
and tight quarters for vehicles. They are very comfortable, phlebologist
but the state is looking at a potentially bleak future for ferry service finances.

C.B. Hall has this story at Crosscut:

As it floats into dock, the Chetzemoka, one of three new boats in the Washington State Ferries fleet, presents an unusual, asymmetrical image. The designers placed the tower structure, which houses the elevators, stacks and staircases, off to one side.

The Chetzemoka, and its sister ships Kennewick and Salish, have also gained a certain fame as the only ships in the fleet that list.

All three boats, designed to hold 64 vehicles, have now been delivered to WSF, although the newest, the Kennewick, has not yet entered rservice. With the Kennewick undergoing its final, get-the-bugs-out sea trials, those around the ferry system, including riders, are continuing to assess various aspects of the vessel replacement program.

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