• Port of Kingston News

Kingston fast ferry facility one big step nearer completion

At 11:30 a.m., July 17, the Kitsap Transit passenger ferry facility at the Port of Kingston moved a major step closer to completion. That’s when the 90 by 50 foot passenger-loading barge began its journey to the Foss Maritime dry dock in Lake Union for renovation and upgrading.

Renovating the 40-year-old barge is second of three major steps in the $1.25 million project to get the terminal ready for ferry passenger service when the MV Finest completes its sea trials sometime in October.

The first step, renovating the passenger terminal, will be completed by the first of August, according to Port of Kingston Executive Director Jim, Pivarnik. The renovated barge is slated to return in mid-September, he said.

The third, and final, step involves running fuel and waste water lines to the barge after it returns. “We have six months to complete that part of the project, so we’re in good shape,” said Pivarnik.

The passenger loading barge for the new fast ferry departs for Seattle and major renovations and upgrades. Terryl Asla Port Photo

“When it’s all finished, the people of Kingston are going to have a safe, comfortable, attractive facility we can all be proud of.”