By Mike De Felice
Kitsap Daily News
PORT ORCHARD – Fast ferry service between Southworth and downtown Seattle is scheduled to resume the week of April 4, according to Kitsap Transit.
The M/V Enetai passenger ferry was taken out of service on March 23 after divers carrying out routine maintenance discovered a hole in the ship’s aluminum hull. A 2-by-3-inch gouge was found that allowed water to enter a sealed compartment, transit officials said.
“The crew has not reported any wood strikes in the past month since the last inspection of the Enetai hull by divers. This is the first time we have seen this type of issue on the Enetai,” Kitsap Transit spokesman Sanjay Bhatt said.
The ship is currently moored in Bremerton. On Wednesday, the ferry will be taken to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island for repairs, Bhatt said.
The M/V Commander, which operates the Kingston-Seattle route, is the standby vessel on the Southworth-Seattle route. However, the Commander is unavailable as its backup ship, the M/V Finest, is also undergoing repairs, officials say.
The fast ferry serves around 350 passengers daily on its 26-minute journey between Southworth and Seattle. The streamlined boat normally makes eight daily round trips from Monday to Friday.