It will cost an estimated $700,000 to repair damage that occurred to the state ferry Sealth when its hull scraped a rock in the San Juan Islands last week, the state Department...
It will cost an estimated $700,000 to repair damage that occurred to the state ferry Sealth when its hull scraped a rock in the San Juan Islands last week, the state Department of Transportation reported.
The Sealth hit Reid Rock near Friday Harbor on Friday evening.
An inspection found a scrape on the hull about 100 feet long, 4 feet wide and 2 inches deep. The internal framing of the boat also was damaged, and one of the main fuel tanks was breached, spilling fuel oil into the vessel’s bilge, a department news release said.
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There was no evidence that any fuel oil spilled outside the vessel, Washington State Ferries officials said.
The ferry will be repaired at the Dakota Creek Industries yard in Anacortes beginning Jan. 10. Repairs were expected to take four to six weeks.
In the meantime, the ferry Evergreen State will replace the Sealth.
The ferry system and the Coast Guard were investigating the cause of the grounding.