Whatcom Chief expected to return to service Friday

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

After heading off for its annual visit to the dry dock, the Lummi Island ferry is expected to return to service Friday, September 28th.

The annual scheduled maintenance for the Whatcom Chief puts it in dry dock for several weeks.

During its time in dry dock, the Whatcom Chief was replaced by a passenger-only ferry. On September 28th, it is expected the passenger ferry’s last run from Lummi Island will be 8:20am and its last run from Gooseberry Point will be 8:30am. All ferry service will then stop to allow for the dock modifications and floats required for the contracted passenger-only ferry to be dismantled and removed. There will be accommodations made for passenger-only service at 3pm and 3:10pm to accommodate school children.

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The Whatcom Chief’s first run is expected to then be at 6pm.

The passenger shuttle van service will make all of its scheduled runs through Saturday, September 29th. There will be no shuttle van service on Sunday, September 30th and thereafter.

All cars will need to be removed from the supplemental dry dock parking areas on Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island by the end of the day, Monday, October 1st.  The County advises, any vehicles left in the supplemental dry dock parking areas after then will be towed at the owner’s expense.


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