Mukilteo ferry dry-docked for maintenance

Tokitae to return in 3 weeks; Chelan takes over in interim
By Nicholas Johnson | Jun 14, 2017

Washington State Ferries has switched out one of Mukilteo’s two ferries for mandated maintenance.

The 144-car ferry Tokitae was replaced Monday, June 12, with the 124-car ferry Chelan, which will remain on the Mukilteo-Clinton route for three weeks while the Tokitae is dry-docked for U.S. Coast Guard-mandated inspection and maintenance.

“WSF recognizes the impact of this service disruption, particularly over the Fourth of July holiday, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” the state agency announced in a release last week.

“Unfortunately, WSF is required to dry dock the Tokitae prior to expiration of its Certificate of Inspection, and all other vessels are currently either undergoing maintenance or already in service on other routes.”

The route’s other ferry, the 124-car Kittitas, will remain. The Tokitae’s temporary removal reduces the route’s total vehicle capacity by 20.

The agency encourages travelers to plan ahead and expect longer wait times until the Tokitae returns later in July. The agency did not specify exactly when the ferry would return.

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