Thursday, May 25, 2017

Join us for the Chimacum Community Celebration, June 22!

By Nicola Zanchi

Help us welcome our third Olympic Class vessel, Chimacum, to our ferries fleet by joining us on Thursday, June 22 in Bremerton for a community celebration! This event is free and open to the public.

At the event you’ll get a chance to tour the vessel, hear some live music, there will be activities for kids as well as refreshments to enjoy.

About Chimacum
Chimacum is the third of four Olympic Class ferries that are replacing some of our oldest vessels. Tokitae debuted in 2014 and Samish joined us in 2016. Suquamish is under construction at Vigor’s Harbor Island Shipyard. These vessels carry 144 vehicles and have a variety of improvements over our older vessels, including wider car deck lanes, improved access and safety, increased passenger comfort and a reduction in environmental impact and operating costs.

Getting to the event
We encourage attendees to take public transportation to the event.
  • From Kitsap County: Bus Routes to Bremerton Ferry Terminal include: 11, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 & 26.
  • From Seattle: The Seattle/Bremerton sailing schedule is available online.

There will be no public event parking at the terminal. There are several parking lots within 3½ blocks of the terminal. For more information, visit the City of Bremerton parking web page.


We are committed to providing equal access to its facilities, programs and services for persons with disabilities.

For more details on access to the Bremerton Transit Center for disabled passengers please check this Disabled Pick-Up/Drop-off Map.

To request disability accommodations for this event, email the ADA Office at least 10 days in advance at or call toll free 855-362-4ADA(232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

For more information on the Chimacum Community Celebration, please contact us at


Toni Threeton said...

Hopefully Bremerton will actually enjoy this ferry before Bainbridge complains about how new this one is compared to the two brand new ferries they currently have.

Nick Chopper said...

For the "community?" That's a laugh. The "community" is going to be at work during those hours. This is just so the politicians can all pat themselves on the back and joke about how funny it is to leave Bremerton passengers stranded.

The Geezer said...

Community? Balderdash!

When they had similar for the Tokitae in Clinton, they gave free walk-on passage to us eastsiders. But this one, we drive to Seattle, pay to park, and pay to get on the ferry, even though there is zero marginal cost to ferries.

Yes, so politicians and ferries staff can pat themselves on the back. That is what it is all about.


davidgoehring said...

Geez, what a bunch of cynics on here. Your comments aren't even coherent. People will complain about anything I guess. As someone who has family ties to Chimacum, and lives next to the Samish River, I applaud the naming decisions at least, and look forward to riding the new ferries when I get a chance.

Rick Snodgrass said...

Yeah sounds like a fun event! I will be there!

fletc3her said...

Thank you Washington State Ferries! I am very excited to get a tour of the new boat. With the Chimacum and the Rich Passage going into service it's going to be a great summer.

Carol May said...

I already got a sneak peek when the Hyak broke down, but I'm coming for the tour anyway. I can't wait to ride this ferry to work every day. I'm gonna make you promise not to give this boat away! I've heard stories :-) Now about that free wifi....

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B98312 said...

When will they actually put it into service on the Bremerton run?

WSDOT said...

B98312: The Chimacum will enter service on June 23rd. It's first sailing will be at 6:20 a.m. from Bremerton to Seattle.

Carol May said...

It was my understanding that the Chimacum was replacing the Hyak but it is being put on the Kaleetan schedule (?) Which Boat is this replacing? Will the regular Hyak riders ever have the new boat on their run?

WSDOT said...

Carol May: The Hyak will be moving up to Anacortes/San Juan Islands route. Beginning Friday, June 23rd the Kaleetan will sail in the #1 position on the Seattle/Bremerton route. The Chimacum will sail in the #2 position on the Seattle/Bremerton so that it can do the late night runs.

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