Tacoma-to-Vashon ferry back in service after inspection

UPDATE: Washington State Ferries tweeted Thursday morning that the inspection was complete and service was ready to resume.

Original post: All trips on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah ferry route are being canceled through at least the Thursday morning commute so divers can inspect the ferry Chetzemoka.

Washington State Ferries announced the suspension Wednesday.

“This decision comes following the discovery of a rudder issue with Chetzemoka’s sister vessel, the M/V Kennewick,” the agency said in a service alert.

The Kennewick serves the Port Townsend to Coupeville run, which has been severely curtailed while the Kennewick undergoes repairs.

Ferries officials said people who usually use the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route to get between Tacoma and Vashon Island should plan to use north-end route to either Fauntleroy or Southworth.

They warned those ferries likely will be crowded.

“Please plan accordingly and walk on if possible,” the agency said.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam