The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for dry dock repairs and maintenance starting the morning of Friday, May 6. The boat is expected to return to service on Saturday, May 21. The return date is always tentative and subject to change.
Please contact Whatcom County Public Works Administration with questions or concerns at 360-778-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, the Whatcom Chief's dry dock maintenance has happened in the fall. This year the vessel will have a spring dry dock outage for approximately 2 weeks from May 6-21.
Mandated repairs were cited by the US Coast Guard at the end of the fall 2021 dry dock period. Completing this work when it was first cited would have likely caused a significant delay in the vessel's return to service. Completing this work in the spring ensures proper planning and materials acquisition. Other benefits of a spring dry dock include:
By the end of September, the Ferry Division will be in the unique position to compare and contrast the drydock outages performed at different times of the year. Some of the items we will look at are:
The Lummi Island Ferry System will follow all public health guidance in place when dry dock occurs. Pandemic health guidance continues to change as cases and new hospitalizations continue to decline. Individuals may choose to continue to wear masks at their discretion if there is no mask mandate.
The contracted passenger-only ferry will provide service between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point.
Rules for the passenger ferry:
Our shuttle van is a surplus WTA 15-passenger van with a wheelchair lift. The shuttle must meet a very tight schedule. Please be at the shuttle van stop early to be sure of a ride. The maximum number of passengers allowed in the shuttle van at any one time is 15. No exceptions. Read more general information about the shuttle van.
Vehicle parking information is referenced in the maps below:
It is extremely important that designated no parking areas are kept open and clear for the smooth operations of the ferry system, shuttle van, and for safety and fire access.
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