November 9, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Maintenance Accident Causes Major Motor Damage on Washington State Ferry Walla Walla reported that one of the propulsion motors on a Washington State Ferry was severely damaged due to a human error during maintenance. No one was hurt, but an un-named observer said:

In all my years in the maritime industry I’ve never seen anything like this. It sent chills up my spine because of the potential to kill somebody. I can’t put enough emphasis on how close they came to killing someone.

A shipyard representative said that a full investigation was underway and made this statement:

On Sunday, November 4, the propulsion drive motor on the Walla Walla failed.  This failure left the vessel inoperable until the propulsion drive motor or its components can either be repaired or replaced.  We are conducting a full investigation into the incident and probable causes per standard WSF protocol.  We are also working with the manufacturer to trouble-shoot the problem.

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