Kitsap Transit foot ferry Admiral Pete collided with the Washington State Ferries vessel Chimacum on March 29 in Bremerton, resulting in the Annapolis-Bremerton foot ferry service to be canceled until further notice due to the lack of a backup vessel.
There were no passengers aboard the foot ferry at the time of the incident, according to Kitsap Harbor Tours. The collision took place when Admiral Pete was pulling away from its moorage. The 122-passenger vessel serves the Annapolis-Bremerton route during commute hours and the Port Orchard and Bremerton route during the middle of the day.
Admiral Pete’s crew was not injured but the vessel sustained damage to its starboard aft corner. The U.S. Coast Guard and the tour company are conducting an investigation into the incident. Kitsap Harbor Tours has informed Kitsap Transit tthe Admiral Pete will not be available for service until it is cleared by the Coast Guard.
Carlisle II will operate the Port Orchard-Bremerton route in full capacity until further notice on a “drop and go” basis during commuting hours, according to Kitsap Transit. Customers who use the Annapolis Park & Ride can catch the No. 81 Annapolis commuter bus to connect to the Port Orchard dock.
Customers who are connecting to the Bremerton-Seattle Fast Ferry should plan ahead and get to the Port Orchard ferry dock 20 minutes early in order to ensure they make their connection, transit officials said.
Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com