Vehicles up to 50,000 pounds are typically allowed to board the Whatcom Chief but as of today, that limit has been lowered.
Whatcom County Public Works issued a notice today stating,
“Effective Immediately, Whatcom County Public Works would like to inform the public of necessary weight restriction of 36,000 pounds on the Lummi Island Ferry. This restriction will be in place until further notice. Any overweight vehicles will be at the captain’s discretion only.”
No reason was given for the restriction and no estimate for how long this restriction would be in place. Early today, the Whatcom Chief was taken out of service briefly for an emergency inspection. The notice was issued shortly after.
Prior to this emergency weight restriction, vehicles up to 40,000 pounds were permitted without special permission and vehicles over 40,000 and under 50,000 pounds needed permission from the captain to board.