State foot ferry on, off, then on Port Townsend route

PORT TOWNSEND — The MV Snohomish passenger ferry is expected to be back on the Port Townsend-Keystone route today after undergoing emergency repairs on Saturday.

The first sailing will be at 6:45 a.m. from Port Townsend.

Puget Sound Express provided service Saturday after ferry mechanics informed Washington State Ferries early that morning that the ferry wasn’t ready for sailing, said Susan Harris-Huether, customer information manager.

“They didn’t say exactly what was wrong, just that they were having problems,” she said.

Mechanics later isolated the problem, ran a sea trial and phoned to tell her the ferry was ready to go again, Harris-Huether said.

Repairs were expected to take most of Saturday night, but they were completed by about 8 p.m.

The 149-passenger Snohomish was expected to begin service on the route Thursday, but late that night, ferry officials moved the date forward to Monday, citing problems with the bathrooms.

On Friday, the ferry’s start date was moved to Saturday until the latest mechanical problem was uncovered.

That pressed the Puget Sound Express into service for the day.

The Snohomish will leave from the Port Townsend ferry terminal.

The Puget Sound Express service departed from the Hudson Point Marina.

For the ferry schedule and bulletins about service, see www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

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