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STATE SELLS FOUR OLD FERRIES
June 23, 2009
(SEATTLE, WA) – Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) has sold four 1927-built Steel Electric class feries to Eco Planet Recycling, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif. The total combined sale price for all four ferries is $200,000.
The Washington State Department of General Administration approved the sale on Wednesday, June 17.
“The Steel Electric class vessels served as unforgettable icons of life in the Pacific Northwest,” said Assistant Secretary for WSF David Moseley in a statement. “We now must continue to focus our attention on getting new vessels built and into service, starting with the 64-auto ferry under construction.”
In November 2007, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond ordered the Quinault, Illahee, Nisqually and Klickitat removed from service due to safety concerns. In 2008, the state Legislature directed WSDOT to sell the vessels. WSF had been in discussion with potential buyers up until their sale on Friday to Eco Planet Recycling, Inc.
The ferries are currently tied up in Bainbridge Island at the ferry terminal and Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility. They are scheduled to be towed to Ensenada, Mexico beginning in mid to late-July where they will be recycled.