Ferry Problems Continue On Seattle-Bremerton Route

SEATTLE (AP) — A state ferry spokeswoman says there’ll be no quick fix on the Bremerton ferry run.

Spokeswoman Marta Coursey says it will take a week-and-a-half to repair the car-ferry Hyak that had an engine malfunction on Wednesday’s first run.

She says three passenger-only ferries will fill-in on the route with the remaining car-ferry Kitsap. There will also be two car ferries on the weekend with the Chelan brought over from its Vashon-Southworth-Fauntleroy run.

Full service will resume on the run next Tuesday when the 188-car Walla Walla will be added to the route.

The Hyak had come out of maintenance to replace the Yakima, which cracked its hull Friday on a Bremerton breakwater and is out for repair.

Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond says the ferry system is trying to minimize the inconvenience for commuters, but it has no backup boats.