The regular schedule for most Washington State Ferry routes will resume after cancellation at the weekend

However, the agency struggled to get that message across after the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) website, cameras and mobile app went down late Sunday night. The outage continued until Monday morning, though coverage back slowly.

The only route that doesn’t operate on Monday’s regular fall schedule is the Seattle/Bremerton route, which remains in service with one boat. The Seattle/Bainbridge, Edmunds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton routes resumed boat service Monday on their usual schedule. Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth had three ships on Monday, while Port Townsend/Coupeville had one.

The Anacortes/San Juan route, which saw several cancellations last week due to a crew shortage on the #1 Chelan, was running four boats. Point Defiance/Tahlequah Road, which was completely out of service last week due to mechanical issues, resumed its normal one-boat service Monday morning, according to a tweet from WSF.

The staff shortage has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and staff quarantine. But officials also stress that they have had trouble hiring qualified staff. WSF said in a tweet Friday that it has hired more than 100 new crew members in 2021.

“Like many industries, the maritime sector, both domestically and internationally, is facing a shortage of experienced staff and many shipping systems are dealing with staff shortages,” Patti Ropstello, Forum Assistant Secretary, said in September. “We continue to hire new staff, but we are struggling to find qualified seafarers.”

It is not clear how the staff shortage will be affected by Next vaccine mandate for state employees, which will take effect on October 18 and could put further pressure on employment levels. Employees may face “non-disciplinary dismissal” for failing to meet job requirements if they cannot show evidence of vaccination.


The state ferry fleet was already there Thin stretched during high volume summer months They were forced to use smaller ships after the Wenatchee, which can accommodate 202 vehicles, was out of service after a fire in the engine room in April. The larger ship loss had “cascading effects” across the entire ferry system, resulting in reduced service and longer waiting times for passengers.



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