Chetzemoka filling in for Salish on ferry route

PORT TOWNSEND — The M/V Chetzemoka will replace the M/V Salish this morning after the Port Townsend-Coupeville route was out of service all day Wednesday.

The Salish was pulled off the route on Tuesday because of a coolant leak, said Ian Sterling, Washington State Ferries spokesperson, in an email.

This required an underwater dive inspection to assess what repairs were needed, Sterling said.

Repairs began late Tuesday, he said. On Wednesday, the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility staff found that some bearings need to be replaced, he added

The Chetzemoka made an emergency move from Point Defiance -Tahlequah route to be able to depart Port Townsend at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and will continue on the route for several days.

Reservation holders are advised to take alternate routes, such as Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton, the state said.

No-show fees were waived for Wednesday.

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