Ferry suffered steering issue
The Seattle-Bremerton route was reduced one-boat service for several hours in the morning of May 8, 2019, after the "Kaleetan" hhad to be taken out of service due to a steering problem. Crew members discovered the issue as the "Kaleetan" left Bremerton for its 7:20 a.m. sailing to Seattle. Washington State Ferries cancelled the 10 a.m. sailing from Seattle and the 11:10 a.m. sailing from Bremerton. The ferry headed to Seattle and underwent repairs at the Colman Dock. She was back in service with the 12:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle.
Ferry sidelined due to engine trouble
The "Kaleetan" had to be been taken out of service because of an engine problem while running on the Bremerton-Seattle route on MArch 15, 2019. She has been sidleined at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island since. Without an available relief vessel, Washington State Ferries pulled the smaller "Sealth" from the Southworth-Vashon-Fauntleroy route. The "Sealth", which carries 54 fewer vehicles than the "Kaleetan", continued running the Bremerton route on Jan 18 with the "Kaleetan" still sidelined for repairs. The changes could remain in place until March 23. The "Kaleetan" had been scheduled to go out of service for some work in about a week but the problems found on March 15 forced the agency to pull it sooner. Earlier this month, WSF had to pull the "Wenatchee" and put it into an emergency dry dock period after a crab pot line did damage to the vessel, causing similar service reductions. The "Wenatchee" has since returned to service on the Bainbridge-Seattle route. With several vessels out for repairs and annual Coast Guard inspections, WSF has been left short of vessels to put into service. WSF typically schedules annual work on vessels during winter months when traffic is slower.
Ferry back in service after temporary repairs
The "Kaleetan" returned to service on the Bremerton-Seattle route in the morning of Jan 20 after being pulled for repairs. Corrosion was discovered the previous morning on one of the watertight bulkheads, prompting its removal from service. Repairs were completed around 8:20 a.m. The area of the corrosion was temporarily patched and will be fully repaired the next time the ferry is due for routine maintenance. She was replaced by the 58-year-old "Tillikum" for most of the day, resulting in one canceled trip and slower sailing times overall.Upload News