The Whatcom Chief is expected to return to service Sunday, September 24th. But, before that can happen, dock modifications and floats required for the passenger-only ferry need to be dismantled and removed. Extra time is needed due to the complex float and gangway configuration at Gooseberry Point dock this year.
Whatcom County Public Works Ferry officials announced the schedule planned for Sunday is to cease passenger-only ferry operations at 10:10am, after the ferry makes the last run from Lummi Island at 10am. Operations are not expected to resume again until 7pm, when the vehicle ferry, Whatcom Chief, will make its first run since leaving for dry dock on September 7th for its annual maintenance.
As a result, it is expected there will be no ferry service between 10am and 7pm on Sunday, September 24th.
The passenger shuttle van service that has been in service since the Whatcom Chief went into dry dock will continue service through Monday, September 26th.
Officials advise that during the switchover on Sunday, a work area will be established around the Gooseberry Point dock. Anyone needing access to vehicles parked adjacent to the ferry queuing lanes (entrance and exit to the ferry) should relocate those vehicles before the switchover begins after 10am on Sunday since they will be within the work area and unable to be accessed.
Officials warn this schedule is contingent upon successful completion of remaining dry dock repairs on the Whatcom Chief’s and subsequent sea trials.