Seattle-Bremerton ferry route returns to two-boat service

SEATTLE — After running on one ferry for several days, the Seattle-Bremerton route is back to two boats.

Only the Chimacum has been operating since Tuesday after the Salish went out of service for a steering control issue.

The repairs on the Salish have been completed and the boat returned to service with the 10:20 a.m. sailing from Bremerton on Sunday.

The temporary loss of the Salish added to the growing problem of fewer ferries, Ian Sterling with the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

“In a normal year, it takes 19 vessels to maintain summer service. We’re down to 16,” Sterling said last week. “This isn’t Plan A or Plan B. We’re down to Plan C or D. Anything else that goes wrong, all it takes is one stray to get tangled up with a ferry or steering system failure — anything like that will have an impact on service, and it will be felt immediately by the route that it’s on.”