MV Walla Walla
The MV Walla Walla in Rich Passage
|Name:||MV Walla Walla|
|Operator:||Washington State Ferries|
|Port of registry:||Seattle, Washington, US|
|Builder:||Todd Shipyard, Seattle|
|Class and type:||Jumbo-class auto/passenger ferry|
|Displacement:||4860 (in long tons)|
|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|
|Propulsion:||Diesel Electric (DC)|
|Speed:||18 kn (33 km/h)|
The Walla Walla was originally assigned to the San Juan Islands, however in its first year of service it was reassigned to the Seattle-Bainbridge route for which ridership better aligned with the high capacity of the Jumbo-class vessels.
After being replaced on the Seattle–Winslow route by the Jumbo Mark II-class ferry, the ship 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. Occasionally the Walla Walla will still end up filling in on the Seattle–Bainbridge Island run where it spent its early years. In late July 2014, the Jumbo Mark II class ferry, MV Wenatchee went up to Vancouver, BC for repairs. Since Washington State Ferries had no large backup vessels, the Walla Walla once again found herself on her old run, the Seattle–Winslow route. As a result, she was the other vessel on the route on the day the MV Tacoma suffered her massive electrical failure.
November 2012 incident
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. The spare motor was refurbished by General Electric in Los Angeles and then installed at Vigor Shipyards. The Walla Walla returned to service in April 2013.
- The Walla Walla, evergreenfleet.com
- MV Walla Walla vessel info from WSDOT
- Walla Walla ferry out of service indefinitely – Seattle Times, retrieved November 9, 2012
- Electrical Accident Puts Walla Walla Ferry Out Of Service – KGMI, retrieved November 12, 2012
- Frame, Susannah (March 11, 2013). "Report: Human error was cause of ferry maintenance accident". King5.com. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013.
- Media related to Walla Walla (ship, 1972) at Wikimedia Commons
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