An electrical fire broke out in the engine room of the "Yakima" just after beginning loading of the scheduled 10:30 a.m. departure from Friday Harbor on Mar 8, 2016, but was quickly extinguished by crew members. Deck crew members reported smoke coming from a vent on the ferry's car deck. A fire was found within a 2'x4'x6' electrical panel in the machine shop. They were able to extinguish the fire in a matter of minutes, even before the fire department arrived. It was unknown exactly what caused the fire but a throrough investigation was to be done.
The few passengers aboard were able to quickly and safely disembark. The tug "Garth Foss" arrived at 2:30 p.m. to tow the "Yakima" out of the main slip where it had been blocking vehicle access to or from the island since the fire broke out. Earlier in the day the "Chelan" was able to pull into the auxillary slip and allow bicycle and foot passengers to board.
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A crane collapsed over the "Zhong Hai 016" during cargo handling operations at Huangshi Port on Yangtze River. The crane was offloading containers from the vessel, when the arm subsided and the whole crane fell over the ship. The crane operator who fell from 20 meters height and suffered severe and life-threatening injuries. The port authorities dispatched a medical team and ambulance immediately and transported the injured man to the hospital. The "Zhong Hai 016" also suffered sufficient damages, but there were no injured among the crew. The ship was enroute from Huangshi Port to Shanghai.
Repairs to the "Samish" in dry dock at Dakota Creek Industries should be completed on Mar 10, and the ship should be back in service soon. The ship was taken out of the water a couple of weeks ago after staff found a hole the size of a quarter on its hull. The cause of that corrosion is not determined, but initial investigations are looking like it was caused by different types of metals interacting. It will go through a couple of sea tests and then go back into service, though possibly not immediately to its same route.
It will go at first to the area where it is most needed, but will end up serving the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route eventually. The "Kitsap" was being used instead of the "Samish" out of Anacortes but has space for 20 fewer cars than the Samish. As ferries have been moved around, several other routes in service now have also seen delays and reductions. The "Kitsap" was serving on the Bremerton-Seattle route. The ferry there now has space for 34 fewer cars.