Ferry damaged during ‘hard landing’ in West Seattle could be out of service through the year

On July 24, the Cathlamet was docked at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal when she collided with a dolphin lying offshore.

SEATTLE — The state ferry damaged in a “hard landing” at West Seattle’s Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal could be out of service for the rest of the year.

Washington State Ferries tweeted that the Cathlamet was towed from Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island to Everett Ship Repair on Aug. 24. There she will go into dry dock for repairs.

The ship will “probably be out of service by the end of the year,” according to Washington State Ferries tweeted.

On July 24, the Cathlamet was docked at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal when she collided with an offshore dolphin — a structure that guides docking ferries. The ship was severely damaged as a result of the collision.

The dolphin, which consists primarily of a pile of wood with steel and concrete, caused a significant crack in the front right side of the ferry. In addition to the ferry itself, several vehicles on the ferry were also damaged, with one becoming trapped in the rubble.

The US Coast Guard classified the crash as a “major marine casualty.”

“This was a significant event and the entire state Department of Transportation will put our weight behind the ferry system while we investigate this,” Assistant Secretary of Transportation Amy Scarton said at the time. “Our safety record is impeccable in the history of state ferries. We have not yet had a fatality on board any of our ships as a result of a collision and as such we will take this seriously.”

After the crash, the ferry captain resigned at the time of the collision.

The entire crew was tested for drugs and alcohol. All tests were negative, according to Washington State Ferries.

No injuries were reported.

No pollution was reported.

The United State Coast Guard is the lead agency in the investigation. State Ferries also works with the National Transportation Safety Board and other federal partners.

Watch: Passenger sustains damage after ferry ‘hard landing’

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