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Coho to be out of service for two weeks for repairs

Jan 20 2012

The MV Coho, which ferries cars and people between Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington, will be out of service for two weeks as it takes time out for repairs and upgrades.

The ferry will be out of service from Monday until Feb. 8 to complete some interior refurbishment and do its regularly scheduled maintenance.

Regular service is expected to resume when the Coho pulls out of Port Angeles at 8:20 a.m. Feb. 8.

Last year, the Coho upgraded the seating in its cafeteria and improved its duty-free and gift shops.

Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the Coho, was recently acquired by its executive management team which negotiated a deal with the Oregon State University Foundation.

Black Ball had been bequeathed to the foundation by former owner Lois Acheson in 2004 as part of a $21-million gift of her estate to establish an endowment in OSU's college of veterinary medicine.

The Coho can accommodate 1,000 passengers and 120 vehicles on a sailing. According to a 2006 study, it ferries more than 400,000 passengers and 120,000 vehicles and brings $123.7 million into the Victoria economy annually.

The company now estimates the economic impact of the Coho to be closer to $160 million annually, accounting for about 60 per cent of total visitor entries to Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Since 1959, the Coho has transported about 22 million passengers and six million vehicles over the 22.59 nautical miles (42 kilometres) between Victoria and Port Angeles. The trip takes 90 minutes..

The Coho's keel was laid in 1959 and was built in Seattle at a cost of $3 million, making it the most expensive privately funded ferry built at the time.