The San Franscisco Bay “Baylink” ferry Mare Island is stuck in Newport on a trip that should have taken them by now to Anacortes, north of Seattle, for an engine overhaul. The twin-hull, very rapid-transit craft, which transports commuters to and from San Francisco to Vallejo, pulled into Newport last week for refueling. After its tanks were filled, the Mare Island turned around and headed back out to sea. But it didn’t get very far. The captain noticed the engines were running very rough so he returned the craft to a South Beach Marina dock and called home to let Baylink know that there is a problem. He said there is a great deal of tank sediment in the fuel that the engines don’t like. The captain told a resident that they came up the coast from San Francisco in very rough seas which more than likely scoured up the sediment in the bottom of the tanks. He said he highly doubts he got bad fuel from the South Beach Marina.
The captain said he and his crew are waiting for a repair crew to arrive in Newport and do what’s necessary to get the fuel cleaned up and the engines running so they can continue their trip up the coast.