The San Francisco Bay ferry “Mare Island” that stopped in Newport a week ago for fuel, and then broke down with a fuel problem, has apparently fixed what was wrong and has continued its journey to the Seattle area.
Baylink, the ferry operation that owns the 40 mph ferry, said it was headed north from its home port of Vallejo, California, to get some engine work done at a ship yard in Anacortes, Washington. It stopped in Newport for fuel. After pumping its fill, the captain headed the vessel back out to sea. But as it crossed the bar the captain noticed the engines were running rough and so turned the ferry around and headed back into Newport. He said it was later learned that sediment in the fuel tanks had been sloshed around by heavy seas on their way up the California and Oregon coasts, and was contaminating the new fuel they had just taken aboard. Once back in port a repair crew took care of the problem, after which the Mare Island headed back out the jetties to the open sea, hung a right turn and headed north up the coast to the Puget Sound.