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Animals
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.
Dimension and Weight Restrictions for MV Christine Anderson
  • Maximum vehicle gross weight - legal loads
  • Maximum vehicle height - 14 feet 6 inches
Dimension and Weight Restrictions for MV Steilacoom II
  • Maximum vehicle gross weight - legal loads
  • Maximum vehicle height - 16 feet 0 inches
Medical Priority Boarding Application Form
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 Width & Length
Any vehicle with a total width exceeding 11 feet 0 inches, measured from the furthest protruding item at each side of the vehicle, shall be charged twice the normal rate.

Vehicles 80 feet or longer, or over 11 feet in width, must schedule their departure time in advance. Call (253) 588-5290 for scheduling purposes