b'MEMBER NEWSWashington State Ferries Ridership ReboundsW ashingtonStateFerries(WSF),ain 1951, and the second year in a row, thatto an engine room fire were two major service member of PVA, reported an annualWSF carried more vehicles with a driver (8.9obstacles for us in 2021. ridership of 17.3 million customersmillion)thanpassengers(8.4million),as in 2021, an increase of almost 3.3 million ferrymany people continue to work from home orThegreatestyear-to-yearincreasecameon passengers from 2020. They see the the arrivalchoose to drive on board due to the pandemic.theSeattle/BainbridgeIslandroute,where of COVID-19 vaccines and a boost in tourismRidership is expected to rebound further whentotal ridershipvehicles and passengers com-as the main reasons for the systems largest re- COVID-19 eases and as WSF restores sailingsbinedwasup44percent.Theboostlifts corded year-to-year ridership increase. closer to pre-pandemic levels. the run back into the top spot as the systemsbusiestafterdroppingbehindMukilteo/The gain in passengers had the 2021 ridershipWere in the process of planning our serviceClintonandEdmonds/Kingstonin2020 roughly72percentof2019pre-pandemicrestoration efforts as we continue to aggressive- for the first time in more than 40 years. Thenumbers, with vehicles rising to 85 percent,ly recruit, hire, and train new employees, saidAnacortes/SanJuanIslandsroutehadtheand walk-on customers climbing to 42 percentWSF Assistant Secretary Patty Rubstello. Pan- second largest growth at 36 percent with rid-of pre-pandemic levels. In 2021, it was onlydemic-related vessel crewing challenges and theership on those runs reaching 95 percent of thesecondtimesincebeginningoperationstemporary loss of one of our biggest ferries duepre-pandemic levels. MEMBER NEWSRecent Promotions at The Shearer GroupT heShearerGroup,Inc.(TSGI),aPVAmember,recently announced the promotion of two members of the firms team, Joshua S. Sebastian, P.E. and Harrison C. Brann, P.E.JoshuaS.Sebastian,P.E.,a13-yearveteranofthefirm,hasbeen promoted to the position of vice presidentoperations following eight years as the engineering manager of TSGI. A registered professionalEachyear,thousandsofpreventablemaritime engineer in Conn., Texas, and Wash., Joshua will be responsible for allaccidents are caused by operator inattention, cited business aspects of TSGI while utilizing his 23 years of broad maritimetwice as frequently as the next leading factor. industry experience to assist TSGI in continuing to provide engineering services to its clients. The Furuno BR500 Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Harrison C. Brann, P.E., a seven-year veteran of the firm as a seniorSystem (BNWAS) helps to prevent these accidents.naval architect, has been promoted to engineering manager following his years of project management experience and receiving his MasterScan this code ofBusinessdegreefromRiceUniversityin2021.Aregiasteredwith your smart professional engineer in the state of Texas, Harrison will be responsiblephone for a for managing TSGIs engineering team. Harrison has assisted in manyGuided Tour of of TSGIs defining projects including towboat designs, dry docks, LNGthe BR500.conversions, hybrid vessel designs, tank barges, marine construction equipment, and dredges. www.FurunoUSA.com29 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022'