Spiffed-up Spokane returns to Edmonds-Kingston route

By Brian Soergel | Oct 19, 2017
Courtesy of: WSF The Spokane is back in service after a painting and the addition of full life rafts.

The Washington State Ferries’ Spokane returned to duty on the Edmonds-Kingston route on Monday, Oct. 16, after successful sea trials.

“People are going to think they have a new boat, as it has a shiny new paint job and its the first of our older vessels to be retrofitted with full life rafts,” said WSF spokesman Ian Sterling.

The ferry system is adding add 70 new life rafts over the next 2.5 years at a cost of about $5 million system-wide. It comes after an agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The vessel was at the Vigor shipyard from June 5 through the first week of October. Major work included a comprehensive preservation (blasting and painting) of the vessel car deck, curtain plate and superstructure.

“We replaced some amount of steel that had corroded beyond acceptable limits,” Sterling said. “We also replaced all of the car deck lighting with LED lights. Finally, we increased the amount of life rafts onboard from four to 12.”

The project cost $12 million.

Also serving Edmonds-Kingston is the Walla Walla.

“Walla Walla filled in for the Spokane and is now taking the place of the Puyallup, which also served the route over the summer,” Sterling said.

“Technically speaking, the Samish made an appearance for a few days last week on the route as well, so it replaces the Samish, which covered short-term for the Puyallup while we waited for the Spokane to be cleared for duty. So Walla Walla replaces the Puyallup, which is covering for the Tacoma on the Seattle-Bainbridge route while Tacoma undergoes planned maintenance.”



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