The Seattle/Bainbridge ferry route was limited to boat service on Monday morning, after what is described like a “hard landing” at Colman Dock along Seattle’s waterfront.
According to Washington State Ferries spokesman Ian Sterling, a boat hit a wall in the slipway around 7:30 a.m., breaking off pieces of wood and damaging the ship in the process.
“The dock did what it was supposed to do – it broke before the boat did,” Sterling told KIRO Newsradio. “But there is broken wood and objects on one of the wing walls, which is a structure that helps hold the boat in place while we are loading and unloading cars and people.”
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“So it’s not a good situation,” he added.
After service was reduced to one boat for the morning, two-boat service was restored in the afternoon.
WSF will conduct an investigation in the meantime, which will include mandatory drug and alcohol testing of crew members.
“But obviously this is the first step in an investigation that will hopefully end up being a fender bender,” Sterling clarified.
Elsewhere, high winds briefly canceled Monday’s Port Townsend/Coupeville service, while the Fauntleroy terminal to Vashon Island and Southworth was temporarily closed due to a worn cable, before reopening around 1pm.