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WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES ENTERS AGREEMENT FOR BACK-UP PASSENGER-ONLY VESSEL

 WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES ENTERS AGREEMENT
 FOR BACK-UP PASSENGER-ONLY VESSEL
 SEATTLE, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington State Ferries announced today it has entered a temporary agreement with Clipper Navigation to provide back up passenger-only service to the ferry system in the event that one of the two remaining passenger-only vessels currently carrying passengers become inoperable.
 The agreement, which will last three weeks to a month, provides the ferry system with the Clipper III, an 85-foot vessel which carries 240 passengers. Ferry system personnel will operate the vessel, but Clipper Navigation will provide an observer. The ferry system estimates there will approximately a two-hour turn-around time from the point that Clipper Navigation receives a call for assistance from the ferry system to the point that the vessel sails on the actual run.
 The vessel will run primarily on the Seattle/Bremerton route.
 Ferry personnel will begin training on the vessel at 8 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 22. Ferry officials may put the boat on the Bremerton run later in the week to help customers acclimate to the change.
 The bid process for a nine-month contract (the approximate time to repair the Tyee) to provide a passenger-only back-up vessel will be completed on Oct. 1 and will be in effect by mid-October.
 Repairs on the Tyee will go out to bid on Monday, Sept. 21. The Tyee blew an engine on July 23. The repairs include two new engines and modification to the design of the vessel to accommodate these engines.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Harris-Huether of the Washington State Ferries, 206-464-7265/ CO: Washington State Ferries; Clipper Navigation ST: Washington IN: SU:


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