Whatcom Chief Returns

Whatcom Chief Returns

The Whatcom Chief’s 2021 dry dock outage ends this Sunday, Oct. 3rd. Additional details about the 2021 dry dock, including COVID-19 protocols, evolve continuously and appear updated here.

Prepare carefully for the changeover from the passenger-only ferry: Saturday the last runs take place at 11am off the island, and 11:30am from Gooseberry Point. Then, no service until the freshly maintained, serviced and painted Whatcom Chief returns–anticipated at 8pm following Coast Guard tests and approval.

All Dry Dock Parking ends on Sunday. Especially pay close attention to the removal of parked vehicles, or risk getting towed (details below).

Go to the Whatcom County Dry Dock Webpage that gets updated constantly. 

For more information, contact the Ferry Division at 360-778-6200 or email Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

Saturday, Oct. 2

  • In preparation for the Whatcom Chief’s return to service, please remove any parked cars that would affect ferry entrance or exit lanes, queuing or driving lanes on both Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island on Friday, October 1.
  • Vehicles can’t be left in any areas that would affect the loading or unloading of cars onto the Whatcom Chief. They must be moved on Oct. 2. 
  • Any vehicles left in these areas on Sunday, Oct. 3, will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

Sunday, Oct. 3

  • The passenger-only ferry will run from 7:00 a.m. until 11:10 a.m.  The last two departures will be:
    • 11:00 a.m. from Lummi Island
    • 11:10 a.m. from Gooseberry Point
    • No additional runs will be made to clear the docks after the last posted run time.
  • No ferry service of any kind from 11:11am-7:59pm while dock modifications are made. 
  • The Whatcom Chief is expected to return to service for its 8:00 p.m. run. 

Monday, Oct. 4

  • All cars need to be removed from all other supplemental dry dock parking areas on Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island by the end of the day.
    • Any vehicles left in supplemental parking areas after Oct. 3 will be towed at the owner’s expense. No exceptions. 
  • Last day for passenger shuttle service. The passenger shuttle van service will make all of its scheduled runs through Monday, Oct. 4. No shuttle service after this day.

Updated: 2021/10/04 @ 10:03 pm Tark Henderson

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