Ensuring maritime transportation safety

Photos and story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Walker. You can’t miss them. They look like buildings inexplicably floating on the river. The vessels come to the United States from all corners of the world picking up cargos like […]


Lt. Sarah Rodino (left), a marine inspector assigned to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, observes ordinary seamen James Lesh (middle) and Brian Jonsson (right), operate a fire hose aboard Washington State Ferry Puyallup during the ferry's annual certificate of inspection at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Dec. 15, 2014. WSF personnel tested each of the dozens of fire hoses aboard the ferry during the inspection to ensure all nozzles and hoses were in good condition and functioned properly. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

WSF Puyallup completes annual Coast Guard certificate of inspection

All 23 Washington State Ferry vessels must pass a certificate of inspection and four unannounced quarterly inspections each year. Go along as a team from Sector Puget Sound conducts an inspection on Pullayup.