MV Chimacum

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Chimacum parked at Colman Dock in Downtown Seattle shortly after she was accepted by Washington State Ferries in April 2017.
Name: MV Chimacum
Owner: Washington State Department of Transportation
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, WA, United States
Route: Seattle–Bremerton
Ordered: Spring 2014
Builder: Vigor Industrial, Seattle, Washington
Cost: $123 million (approximate)[1]
Laid down: December 9, 2014
Launched: July 8, 2016
Christened: September 14, 2016
Acquired: April 7, 2017
Maiden voyage: May 24, 2017 (temporary)
In service: June 23, 2017 (official)
Status: In service
Notes: Assigned Route – Seattle to Bremerton
General characteristics
Class and type: Olympic-class auto/passenger ferry
Displacement: 4320 long tons at design load waterline
Length: 362 ft 3 in (110.4 m)
Beam: 83 ft 2 in (25.3 m)
Draft: 16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)
Depth: 24 ft 6 in (7.5 m)
  • 2 vehicle
  • 2 passenger (1 Cabin Deck, 1 Sun Deck)
Deck clearance: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)
Installed power: Total 6,000 hp (4,500 kW) from 2 x EMD 12-710G7C Diesel Engines
Speed: 17-knot (31 km/h)
  • 1500 passengers
  • 144 vehicles
Crew: 14
Notes: [2]

The MV Chimacum is the third vessel of the Olympic-class auto ferries for the Washington State Ferries system. The ship was built by Vigor Industrial in Seattle, Washington and entered service on the Seattle–Bremerton route[3] in 2017.[1]

Funding for a third Olympic class was authorized in the Spring 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature and the keel laying and first weld took place on December 9, 2014.[1]

The name Chimacum, the gathering place of the Chemakum tribe, was chosen by the Washington State Transportation Commission in November 2014.[1]

The Chimacum has two car decks, a sun deck and a passenger deck.

She was christened on September 14, 2016 by Lynne Griffith, who at the time was serving as the head of the ferries system, the first woman to hold the office. The ceremony took place at the Vigor Industrial shipyard on Seattle's Harbor Island.[1][4] She was delivered to Washington State Ferries on April 7, 2017, with her entry into service, replacing MV Klahowya, expected in the following months.[5] She was forced into a three-day early temporary service on May 24 after The MV Kitsap, suffered a mechanical break down and all other vessels were in maintenance until the MV Kaleetan, could replace her on the Seattle–Bremerton run to finish Sea Trials and Training.


  1. ^ a b c d e Washington State Department of Transportation. "Ferries – Olympic Class (144-Car) Ferries". Retrieved April 15, 2015. Chimacum, the third 144-car ferry: The total cost of the vessel is approximately $123 million.
  2. ^ "144 Auto Ferry" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. May 8, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "144 Car Ferries". WSDOT.
  4. ^ Demay, Daniel (September 14, 2016). "Boarding soon: State christens newest ferry, set for Bremerton run next spring". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Third Olympic Class Ferry Joins WSF fleet". Marine Link. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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