Passenger ferry Wenatchee allided with pier at Bainbridge island, USA

wenatchee ferryThe passenger ferry Wenatchee allided with pier at Bainbridge Island in Washington, United States. The vessel was en route from Seattle to Bainbridge island, but during docking suffered problem with propulsion drive controller and crew was unable to stop propeller. The ferry collided with the dock with slow speed of about 2 kts, but suffered about 0.30 m dent. There were no injured people during the accident and no water pollution, but the passenger ferry Wenatchee will be taken out of service during the next week until repairs of the propulsion drive controller and special survey.

The vessel was held at Bainbridge Island dock for inspection. The next voyages were canceled and the ferry was replaced by the smaller ship Tillikum on routes between Seattle and Bainbridge. The investigation for the circumstances and root cause of collision are under investigation, but preliminary information show a glitch in propulsion drive computer, which blamed the incident and did not allowed to crew to maneuver.

The passenger ferry Wenatchee (IMO: 9137351) has overall length of 140.00 m, moulded beam of 28.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 1,393 DWT and the gross tonnage is 12,689 GRT.