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Whatcom Chief making the crossing from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island (July 24, 2015). Photo: My Ferndale News

UPDATED: Rudder problems put Whatcom Chief out of service this morning

11:30am
Ferry officials announced the Whatcom Chief repairs have been completed and ferry service has been restored.

10:10am
Officials say they are hoping to resume service by noon as the problem has been identified and repair is underway.

9:10am
Officials said the parts needed to make repairs are believed to be on hand and have made a 2-hour estimate to make the repairs. Unknown if repairs are already underway.

Original Story (7:30am)
Whatcom County Ferry Division officials announced this morning the Whatcom Chief has been taken out of service. As a result, ferry service between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island has been temporarily suspended.

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According to officials the ferry “is experiencing a mechanical issue related to one of the rudders.”

No estimate has been given for when service may be restored.

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.

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Electrical problems at the Gooseberry Dock have plagued ferry operations between February and April. The last time a malfunction with a rudder impacted service was last December.

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