A ferry collision occurred this morning in Bremerton when the Kitsap Transit foot ferry Admiral Pete collided with the Washington State ferry M/V Chimacum, resulting in the Annapolis-Bremerton foot ferry service to be cancelled 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 happened when the Admiral Pete was pulling away from its moorage. The 122-passenger Admiral Pete serves the Annapolis-Bremerton route during commute hours and the Port Orchard and Bremerton route during the middle of the day.
The Admiral Pete’s crew was not injured, but the vessel sustained damage to its starboard, aft corner. The United States Coast Guard and KHT are conducting an investigation into the incident. KHT has informed Kitsap Transit that the Admiral Pete will not be available for service until the Coast Guard clears it as such.
Until further notice, the Carlisle II will operate the Port Orchard-Bremerton route in full capacity on a “drop and go” basis during commuting hours, according to Kitsap Transit. Customers who use the Annapolis Park & Ride can catch the #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, Kitsap Transit officials said.
Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org