MV Kittitas

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The M/V Kittitas
History
Name: MV Kittitas
Owner: WSDOT
Operator: Washington State Ferries
Port of registry: Seattle, Washington,  United States
Builder: Marine Power and Equipment, Seattle
Completed:
  • 1980
  • Refit: 1990
Identification:
  • Official Number: D627507
  • Call Sign: WYQ9302[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Issaquah 130 Class auto/passenger ferry
Length: 328 ft (100.0 m)
Beam: 78 ft 8 in (24.0 m)
Draft: 16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)
Deck clearance: 15 ft 10 in (4.8 m)
Installed power: Total 5,000 hp from 2 diesel engines
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Capacity:
  • 1200 passengers
  • 124 vehicles (max 26 commercial)[2]

The MV Kittitas is an Issaquah 130 class ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

History[edit]

The Kittitas was built in 1980, as the second Issaquah 100 class ferry. When delivered it acted as a relief boat until it was moved to the Mukilteo–Clinton route in the mid 1980s. In 1990, in order to keep up with growing demand, the Kittitas underwent a capacity expansion by adding additional vehicle areas above the vehicle areas along the outside edge of the ferry. These upgrades had been planned for in the original design of the vessels. The ferry's passenger cabin was updated in the late 1990s. Included in the upgrades were the removal of many tables located in the passenger cabin to allow for the bench seats to be spaced closer together in some sections of the ship. The galley area was also upgraded and each ship was given a unique look. The original color on the Kittitas was yellow, and her new colors are a mix of turquoise and orange.[3]

The Kittitas serves Mukilteo–Clinton with the MV Tokitae.

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