MV Walla Walla

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Walla Walla in Rich Passage 07.JPG
The MV Walla Walla in Rich Passage
Career
Name: MV Walla Walla
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington, US
Route: Seattle-Bremerton or Edmonds-Kingston (currently)
Builder: Todd Shipyard, Seattle
Completed: 1972
Refurbished: 2005[1]
Identification: Official Number:546382
Call Sign: WYX2158[1]
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class & type: Jumbo Class auto/passenger ferry
Tonnage: 3,246 gross-tonnage
1,198 net-tonnage
Length: 440 ft (134 m)
Beam: 87 ft (27 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5 m)
Deck clearance: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power: Total 11,500 hp from 4 x Diesel-Electric engines
Speed: 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 2,000 passengers
188 vehicles (max 60 commercial)[2]

The MV Walla Walla is a Jumbo Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

After being replaced on the Seattle–Winslow route by the Jumbo Mark II Class ferry, she began serving as a fill-in vessel for whenever one of the larger ferries goes into scheduled maintenance periods, usually she can be found on either the Seattle-Bremerton or Edmonds-Kingston routes.[1] As of March 2008, Walla Walla was serving on the Seattle-Bremerton route.[3] Again in Fall 2011 she was serving on the Seattle-Bremerton route. The Walla Walla has returned to service on the Seattle - Bremerton route after an unfortunate electrical incident. In Late May 2013, they are set to go to Edmonds - Kingston to fill in for the Puyallup and will return in mid to late July 2013.


Incidents[edit]

In early November 2012, during routine maintenance, one of the ship's four drive motors was damaged and failed after it overheated. The ferry was removed from service while a replacement was installed. WSDOT announced that if the damaged motor could be replaced with a spare already in its warehouse, the ferry could be back into service within several months.[4][5] The spare motor was refurbished by General Electric in Los Angeles and then installed at Vigor Shipyards.[6] The Walla Walla is scheduled to return to service in April 2013.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jumbos today, evergreenfleet.com
  2. ^ MV Walla Walla vessel info from WSDOT
  3. ^ Current route information – WSDOT, retrieved March 31, 2008
  4. ^ Walla Walla ferry out of service indefinitely – Seattle Times, retrieved November 9, 2012
  5. ^ Electrical Accident Puts Walla Walla Ferry Out Of Service – KGMI, retrieved November 12, 2012
  6. ^ a b Frame, Susannah (March 11, 2013). "Report: Human error was cause of ferry maintenance accident". King5.com. 

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