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64-Car Ferries - Project Timeline

  • December 2007 – Released Port Townsend/Keystone Vessel Planning Study (pdf 1 MB)
  • Feb. 9, 2008 – The Steilacoom II, a 50-car ferry leased from Pierce County, began service on Port Townsend/Coupeville route
  • February 2008 - WSF captains and engineers visited Massachusetts to see Island Home in operation
  • April 2008 – Announced WSF would build two 64-car ferries
  • Spring/summer 2008 - Modified Island Home design for operation on Port Townsend/Coupeville route
  • July 2008 – Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee consultant John Boylston reviewed 64-car ferry design
  • Sept. 10, 2008 – Advertised for bids for one or two 64-car ferries
  • Nov. 13, 2008 – Opened bid (one bid received)
  • Dec. 1, 2008 – Awarded $65.5M contract to Todd Pacific Shipyards for one 64-car ferry
  • Jan 5, 2009 –Issued Notice to Proceed to Todd
  • Aug. 7, 2009 – Advertised for bids for second and third 64-car ferries
  • Oct. 8, 2009 – Opened bid (one bid received)
  • Oct. 13, 2009 - Awarded $114.1M contract to Todd for second and third 64-car ferries
  • Oct. 20, 2009 - Washington State Transportation Commission named first 64-car ferry Chetzemoka
  • Nov. 9, 2009 - Issued Notice to Proceed to Todd for second and third 64-car ferries
  • Jan. 15, 2010 - Announced new vessel class name: Kwa-di Tabil
  • March 2, 2010 - Chetzemoka placed in the water for the first time
  • April 3, 2010 - Chetzemoka moved from Todd Pacific Shipyards to Everett Shipyard
  • July 13, 2010 - Washington State Transportation Commission named second and third Kwa-di Tabil ferries: Salish and Kennewick
  • Sept. 15, 2010 – Todd delivered Chetzemoka to WSF
  • Nov. 14, 2010 - Gov. Gregoire christened Chetzemoka; inaugural sailing
  • Nov. 15, 2010 - Chetzemoka began service at Port Townsend/Coupeville
  • Dec. 23, 2010 - Salish placed in the water for the first time
  • Jan. 4, 2011 - Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen christened Salish
  • Feb. 7, 2011 - Salish moved from Todd Pacific Shipyards to Everett Shipyard
  • May 12, 2011 – Vigor Industrial (formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards) delivered Salish to WSF
  • May 20, 2011 - Kennewick placed in the water for the first time
  • May 27, 2011 - Rep. Judy Clibborn christened Kennewick
  • June 4, 2011 - Kennewick moved from Vigor's US Fab Shipyard in Seattle to Everett Shipyard
  • July 1, 2011 - Salish began service as second vessel at Port Townsend/Coupeville
  • Oct. 11, 2011 – Port Townsend/Coupeville route seasonal reduction to one-boat service with Salish
  • Oct. 31, 2011 - Delivery of Kennewick
  • Jan. 23, 2012 - Chetzemoka replaced Rhododendron on Point Defiance/Tahlequah route
  • Feb. 14, 2012 - Kennewick began service on Port Townsend/Coupeville route, Salish went into standby status