MV Kalama

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Name: MV Kalama
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  United States
Completed: 1989
Out of service: 2009
Name: Kalama
Operator: Seagull Sea Transport (Zanzibar)[2]
Port of registry: Zanzibar (October 25, 2011–)[2]
Route: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania–Unguja Island, Zanzibar
Acquired: c. 2011
In service: c. 2011
Out of service: July 26, 2012
General characteristics
Class and type: Skagit/Kalama Class passenger ferry
Length: 112 ft (34.1 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Installed power: Total 2,840 hp from 4 diesel engines
Capacity: 250 passengers[3]

The MV Kalama was a Skagit/Kalama Class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries (WSF). The Sagit and Kalama were constructed in 1989 at Halter Marine in New Orleans, Louisiana.[4] Along with the Skagit, she operated the Seattle-Vashon Island passenger-only service. In 2006 WSF was directed to end its passenger-only service, and in 2011 the Kalama and Skagit were sold. The vessels were transported to Tanzania to provide service between the mainland and Zanzibar.[5]

Kalama was ordered taken out of service by the Zanzibar government after the loss of Skagit in 2012.[6]


  1. ^ The Monohull ferries - M/V Kalama,
  2. ^ a b "Zanzibar tightens marine safety", The Guardian, Tanzania: IPP Media, July 24, 2012, retrieved 2013-10-16 
  3. ^ Vessel information - M/V Kalama, WSF, WSDOT
  4. ^ Drake, Shawn. "MV SKAGIT, Former U.S. Ferry Capsizes Off Tanzanian Coast". Maritime Matters. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Washington ferries destined for Tanzania, Washington State Department of Transportation, Friday, February 18, 2011. Accessed 18 February 2011.
  6. ^ ISSA YUSSUF (27 July 2012), "Tanzania: From the Zanzibar House of Reps", Tanzania Daily News, retrieved 2013-10-16