WSF Puyallup completes annual Coast Guard certificate of inspection

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)

Lt. Sarah Rodino (left), a marine inspector from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, 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 Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Dec. 15, 2014.

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer

A Coast Guard marine inspection team from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle completed the annual certificate of inspection for Washington State Ferry Puyallup at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island, Dec. 16, 2014.

The crew of Puyallup passed the inspection and was allowed to resume normal service the next evening.

All 23 WSF vessels must pass a certificate of inspection and four unannounced quarterly inspections each year. The inspections include a test of safety, navigation and lifesaving equipment, a review of vessel documents, crew emergency response and security drills, an inspection of engineering equipment and spaces, and other items. This ferry system is the busiest in the country, serving 22 million passengers annually.

Jill Lazo, a marine inspector assigned to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, investigates the presence of oil on a piece of equipment in the engine room of 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. Lazo brought the oil to the attention of the Puyallup crew, who immediately corrected the issue. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Jill Lazo, a marine inspector assigned to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, investigates the presence of oil on a piece of equipment in the engine room of 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.

Certificates of inspection certify that each ferry’s crew has the knowledge and equipment to respond to a variety of emergencies that may occur aboard the vessel. Coast Guard inspectors work regularly with WSF personnel to ensure the more than 22 million annual ferry passengers have a safe transit to their destination.

“We have a joint interest in providing the safest possible transportation for our customers and employees,” said Lynne Griffith, assistant secretary for Washington State Ferries. “I look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with the Coast Guard and working with them to keep our vessels operating safely and reliably.”

Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Puget Sound, is responsible for the federal regulations of all commercial ships and passenger vessels that transit Elliot Bay, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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