Smaller ferries lead to lines

An engine problem on one ferry, a required inspection of another and the swapping of vessels led to long lines this week on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route.

Officials hope things will start to go faster by this weekend as the 144-car Suquamish was due back Thursday, but Thursday afternoon the wait departing from Mukilteo was 90 minutes with vessels running 20 minutes late, according to State Ferries.

The Samish was pulled from the route between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands last week because a problem with a second engine required it to operate at a slower speeds. It was swapped with the newer Olympic-class Tokitae, which has been serving the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route.

In addition, the smaller Kitsap, with a 124-car capacity, has been filling in for the Suquamish while it gets its annual Coast Guard inspection.

While the return of the Suquamish should provide some relief, the route will still be down approximately 20 cars an hour until the Samish engine is fixed and the Tokitae can replace the Kitsap, according to Ian Sterling, spokesman for State Ferries.

More in News

Two Democrats will challenge Rep. Norma Smith in 2020

Democratic candidates are getting an early start in their bid to replace… Continue reading

Buffalo abuse and submarine theft | Island Scanner

Tuesday, July 23 At 11 a.m., a caller reported that tires and… Continue reading

Langley city council supports gun control

By Wendy Leigh In a unanimous vote at the Langley City… Continue reading

Three people seriously injured in head-on collision Saturday

Two people were airlifted and another seriously injured in a head-on collision… Continue reading

New Bayview fire station to open Aug. 24

By Wendy Leigh Reactions to the brand-spanking-new fire station in Bayview… Continue reading

Port of South Whidbey agrees to join Creative District effort

Langley is inching closer to becoming certifiably creative. Eight organizations have come… Continue reading

Annual music festival on the water canceled

An annual musical event at the Langley marina has been cancelled this… Continue reading

WICA brings Mueller report to stage Aug. 23

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will present Robert Schenkkan’s “The Investigation:… Continue reading

Commissioners sign contract to build mental health crisis center

Whidbey Island is a step closer to having its first facility for… Continue reading

Most Read