No, the ferry’s not in trouble. It’s the new M/V Tokitae.

(Added: Photo of Tokitae this evening, courtesy JayDee in Upper Alki)
We’ve received some questions about a ferry that seemed stalled in the water off Alki Point earlier this hour. No, it’s not in trouble. We checked via; it’s the new Washington State Ferries vessel M/V Tokitae, built at Vigor on Harbor Island and scheduled to go into service next month.

7 Replies to "No, the ferry's not in trouble. It's the new M/V Tokitae."

  • seaopgal May 21, 2014 (8:26 pm)

    Any idea how long it is going to be there? Or has it moved on already?

    • WSB May 21, 2014 (8:46 pm)

      According to, it’s near West Point right now and has been tracking back and forth between North Seattle and Alki Point, north/south/north/south – interesting track. So you might see it off Alki Point before it’s totally dark – it seems to be heading south right now.

  • seaopgal May 22, 2014 (5:52 am)

    Thanks, WSB … I couldn’t get down there last night, but I’ll look for it today.

  • Sue May 22, 2014 (7:26 am)

    Thanks for the info WSB. We’ve seen that ferry cruising around Elliott Bay at odd times for the past week or so, and were wondering what was going on.

  • Enviromaven May 22, 2014 (9:19 am)

    Tokitae on the water! This ferry was named as a tribute to one of our southern resident orcas who was captured and is still performing at SeaWorld in Miami under the name of Lolita.

  • Brian Bundridge May 22, 2014 (10:32 am)

    The Tokitae is undergoing sea trials currently with Vigor.

    They will be doing this for some time before she enters service. There should be a Coast Guard evacuation training at some point this month or early next month before it can be certified for service.

  • JayDee May 22, 2014 (5:29 pm)

    “Take a Toke, it’s OK”

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