Ferry broke down with coupling problems
The Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry route was operating on an alternate four-boat schedule after the "Samish" was pulled from service because of engine problems which occurred on Aug 6, 2017. The ferry had a problem with a coupling that took the boat out of service until Aug 10. The four-shipschedule will remain in effect until a fifth boat is available to service the route. Because the route has one fewer boat, three sailings have been cancelled — the 8:25 a.m. from Anacortes to Sidney, British Columbia; the 9:45 a.m. from Friday Harbor to Sidney and the noon from Sidney to Anacortes. Several other sailings will have limited space. Reservation holders on any of the canceled sailings will be loaded with reservation holders on the in-service sailings on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ferry back in water soon after corrosion damage
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.
Ferry had quarter sized hole below the water line
The "Samish" was pulled from service on Feb 14, 2016, after a quarter-sized hole was discovered about 10 feet below the water line. The vessel was placed in a dry dock at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, where more corrosion, which likely caused the hole, was found. Repairs were underway and are hoped to be completed by Mar 10. The "Kitsap", which generally serves the Bremerton-Seattle route, replaced the "Samish". The corrosion was in the vicinity of both engine rooms, near keel coolers that cool the engines with cold water. An independent corrosion expert has been brought in to pinpoint the cause. A warranty claim has been filed with Vigor Shipyards, which built the "Samish". On Feb 26 divers looked for similar problems with the sister shop "Tokitae", that serves the Mukilteo-Clinton route. The third ferry of the Olympic class, the "Chimacum", is under construction. It was expected to join the Bremerton-Seattle route in about a year.Upload News