Fast ferry to resume after more than 2 days of canceled sailings

The Kitsap Transit fast ferry canceled Wednesday evening sailings because of a problem with its boat and canceled Thursday morning's sailings as well.

Sailings are scheduled to resume Thursday at 3:25 p.m., according to a tweet from Kitsap Transit after seatrials were successful.

Thursday was the third day in a row that sailings were canceled. 

Wednesday's 4:35 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. sailings from Bremerton and 5:15 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. sailings from Seattle were canceled because of an electrical malfunction, the same reason given for canceling the Tuesday runs.

The problem that has hindered the agency's only boat on the Bremerton to Seattle route did not present during tests and trials leading up to the beginning of operation, said Kitsap Transit spokesman Sanjay Bhatt. Mechanics are in contact with the component manufacturer as they investigate the cause of the problem.

Kitsap Transit said on Twitter it replaced a faulty electronic control box and the cause of the malfunction is to be determined. The boat has four control boxes. 

The agency is issuing up to $50 million in bonds later this year what would help pay for a backup boat, in addition to boats for other routes, but Bhatt said in the meantime the agency would have internal conversations about a backup boat.

The Rich Passage 1, named after the waters between Bainbridge Island and South Kitsap, was specifically designed to travel the section at high speeds while minimizing wake. Simply replacing the Rich Passage 1 with any other boat is not an option, he said.

Bhatt said the agency understood the breakdowns have inconvenienced passengers and apologized.

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