Safety and Regulations

General Information

Any instructions given by the ferry crew during the trip and during loading and disembarking must be observed. (CFR 49 Chapter 176.89(9)). Ferry crew members are obligated to report violations of any of the above regulations by recording and reporting vehicle licenses to the appropriate authorities. Violations may cause you to be refused passage. 

Animals (except service animals for the disabled) are not allowed in terminals or within the passenger deck waiting area. Animals must be on a leash or in a pet container when on the vehicle deck. Animals that are not people-friendly must be muzzled or transported in a pet container. Owners are required to clean up (scoop) after their pets.
Medical Priority Boarding
Passengers may be allowed medical preferential loading aboard the ferry after submitting the medical priority boarding application form where their physician certifies that an extended wait to board the ferry would cause a detrimental health risk to the passenger.
Navigation Bridge & Pilothouse
Per 46CFR78.10, all passengers and animals are excluded from the navigation bridge and pilothouse.
Open Flames / Smoking
Open flames, including heaters or stoves, are prohibited on the ferry vessel. No smoking is allowed anywhere aboard the ferry vessel, in vehicles, or on the ferry landing dock. All smoking materials must be extinguished prior to boarding the ferry vessel.
Propane / Gasoline Containers
U.S. Coast Guard regulations require that propane tanks be shut off and sealed prior to boarding unless they are the primary fuel source for your vehicle. You may carry up to two freestanding propane tanks in addition to those in recreational vehicles, not to exceed 100 pounds water equivalent weight each (approximately 25 gallons). All propane tanks must be secured.

Gasoline and gasoline containers are not allowed aboard except in the internal tank of your vehicle or boat. Trailered boats may carry two U.S. Coast Guard approved outboard motor fuel tanks of gasoline up to six gallons each. Gasoline in spare gas cans or empty cans is prohibited. All vehicles must have gas caps.
Running Vehicles
It is prohibited to run vehicle engines while the ferry vessel is underway, or to start engines before the ferry vessel has docked and walk-on passengers have disembarked.
Unattended Vehicles
Leaving vehicles unattended in the ferry loading lanes is prohibited and may result in the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.
Vehicle Fare Structure Applicability
The fare structure applies to all motorized vehicles including automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. The rates apply to all vehicles pulling trailers, unlicensed vehicles and road machinery on wheels.  

Vehicle size

Maximum Vehicle Height
  • Up to 14 feet 6 inches on MV Christine Anderson
  • Up to 16 feet 0 inches on MV Steilacoom II
Maximum Vehicle Weight
  • All legal loads (not requiring DOT permit) are allowed on the ferries.
Vehicle Width & Length
  • Any vehicle with a total width exceeding 8 feet 6 inches shall be charged twice the normal rate – measured from the furthest protruding item at each side of the vehicle. 
  • Vehicles more than 80 feet in length, or 8 feet 6 inches in width must schedule their departure time in advance. Call (253) 588-5290 for scheduling purposes
Oversize Loads
  • This agreement is used to transport modular homes and oversize loads to Anderson Island or Ketron Island

Code of Conduct

Please take a few moments to read the following guidelines that are applicable while aboard the ferry vessel and at the ferry landings. These are provided to ferry passengers so that a safe and secure trip is available to all.

Follow Directions
Follow all directions from the ferry crew regarding safety, emergencies, orderly behavior, boarding and disembarking procedures.
Be Respectful
Act respectfully toward each other and the ferry crew. Please no quarreling, pushing, loud noises, vulgar or obscene language or gestures, fighting, spitting, etc.
Safety Equipment
Do not tamper with safety or life-saving equipment.
Do not litter, including throwing objects on the ferry vessel or overboard.
Safety and Health
Use of weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products will not be tolerated.
No use of open flames or engagement in any actions that may be hazardous to others or to the ferry vessel is allowed.
Respect Property
No destruction, defacement, damage or theft to any personal or county property. Any vandalism or theft will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Authorized Passenger Areas
Remain in areas designated for passengers. Do not enter any unauthorized area.
Listening to Music
Radios, tape or CD players, other electronic equipment or musical equipment may be used only if earphones are used with sound audible only to the individual listener.