Clipper Vacations announced that the Victoria Clipper III will be resuming regular daily service between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and whale watching excursions effective Thursday, June 20, 2013.
President and CEO, Darrell E. Bryan credits the Victoria Clipper III boat crew with their professional and effective response to Friday evening’s incident. He also commends the Port of Seattle, Seattle Fire Department and the US Coast Guard for their timely response and full cooperation. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of all who were involved in assisting with ensuring that the vessel was allowed to dock at Shilshole Bay Marina and all of our passengers safely disembarked and returned to Pier 69,” Bryan said.
Over the weekend, the incident and vessel were inspected by the Clipper Vessel Superintendent and the US Coast Guard. It was determined that there was a small fire on the turbo insulation in the starboard engine room which was extinguished when the crew released the Halon fire suppression system within that area. Damage was minimal and after cleaning up the Halon, minor repairs, and receiving the US Coast Guard approval, the Victoria Clipper III can resume service later this week.
“We are pleased to have the boat back and to resume service during this prime whale watching period," said Janis Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In addition to seeing resident and transient Orca whales on over 92 percent of our trips, there have been more sightings than usual of Humpback whales.
The three-decked vessel departs every morning from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle. The cost for a day trip in June is $75 for adults and $20 for children (1-11).
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