MV Chelan

MV Chelan is a Issaquah class auto and passenger ferry operated by Washington State Ferries, a child department of the Washington State Department of Transportation. It was built in Seattle, Washington in 1981 and re-built in 2005.

It can carry a maximum of 1,200 passengers and 124 vehicles.

The Chelan measures 328 feet in length with a beam of 78 feet 8 inches and a draft of 16 feet 9 inches.

It is equipped with two diesel powered engines that can generate a total of 5,000 horsepower and reach a service speed of 16 knots.

The vessel is ADA compliant with accessible restrooms on both the auto and passenger decks as well as an elevator on the auto deck.

Other amenities include a galley and vending and newspaper machines on the main passenger deck.

MV Chelan is named for the Chelan word “Tsill-ane” meaning “deep water”.

Other Issaquah Class Ferries