End to dry dock in sight, with luck

The County’s Department of Public Works sent out an email notice today (pasted below) that the Whatcom Chief will probably be back as scheduled this Saturday. Good news — I rather assume this means that no new really horrendous problems have turned up, at least as of today.   Maybe we should send a collective thank-you  note to Frank Abart, head of Public Works, and all those who’ve been working hard to keep the Chief afloat & us getting to and from the mainland on the passenger ferry.


PS — Anyone can sign up to receive emails like the one below. Just send an email to Lummi_Island_Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us and ask to be added to the list that Public Works sends emails to about the ferry.


Greetings from Whatcom County Public Works:

Repair work continues on the Whatcom Chief as the end of emergency dry dock nears. As of 4:00 p.m. today, August 3, the Whatcom Chief is still scheduled to return from dry dock on Saturday, August 7. However, the shipyard is still completing major repairs to the Whatcom Chief and the ship will need to complete sea trials which are currently scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The Department will not have a firm time line for the Chief’s return until all of the repairs are completed and the results are approved by the Coast Guard.
A firm time line is anticipated to be in place for the Chief’s return by the end of the business day on Thursday, August 5. The volume and complexity of the repair work will require every day of the anticipated contract period.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the emergency dry dock. Additional details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.

Thank you,
The Ferry Department

One thought on “End to dry dock in sight, with luck

  1. A thank you is always good — But we only have a PROBABLY about the return of the ferry on time. Let’s wait until we see the ferry at our dock.

    Since it’s all about MONEY — how about if we send them a gift certificate to McDonalds? LOL (just kidding, of course.)

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