Washington State Ferries (WSF) released a brief status report at 2:40 this afternoon, August 8, about the out-of-commission Tacoma, the 202-car Jumbo Mark 11 ferry that services the Seattle/Bainbridge route.
WSF said its engineers are working with technicians from Siemens Global, Inc., to identify the reason the Tacoma suddenly lost propulsion power on its 12:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island July 29. The failure of the Tacoma lead to massive delays that day and night and several subsequent days of limited ferry service on neighboring runs. WSF said Siemens believes the damage to the vessel is more extensive than the initial review revealed and will need more time to complete its investigation before preparing a plan for repairs.
WSF had hoped to have a repair plan for the Tacoma sometime this week.
In addition to contracting with Siemens, WSF has launched an internal Board of Inquiry to investigate the root causes of the power failure, determine contributing factors, and make recommendations to prevent this type of event in the future.
The Tacoma is currently docked at the WSF Eagle Harbor Repair Facility on Bainbridge Island.
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