Annual Dry Dock

Dry Dock

Dry Dock 2021

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for dry dock repairs and maintenance starting the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11. The boat was originally expected to return to service on Saturday, Oct. 2, but the vessel is now expected to return to service on Sunday, Oct. 3. The return date is always tentative and subject to change. 

This webpage will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

  • Please contact Whatcom County Public Works Administration with questions or concerns at 360-778-6200 or email ferry@whatcomcounty.us.  

2021 Dry Dock - What to Expect

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.

COVID-19 Prevention

Whatcom County Public Works balances the transportation needs of the community with the need to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

We ask that all passengers take the following precautions to keep our crew and our community healthy:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if recommended to do so by your doctor. 
  • Wear face covering at terminal areas, on the vessel, and in the shuttle van. 
  • Practice physical distancing whenever possible.
  • Be aware, be patient, be polite.

WCPW recognizes that the pandemic is evolving, and procedures may change if new health and safety mandates are instituted at the local, state, or federal level. 

Passenger-Only Ferry:

The contracted passenger-only ferry will provide service between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • View a printable sailing schedule for the passenger-only ferry.
  • Masks are required on the passenger ferry per state and federal mandates.
  • Pets and bicycles are allowed on the stern of the vessel only.  
  • Owners are responsible for their pet’s actions.
  • Bicycles will load last. The maximum number of bicycles allowed on the passenger ferry at one time is six.
    • Bicycle users must be able to lift their bicycle over their heads or be prepared to wait for the next ferry if there is no room on the stern of the boat. 
  • The passenger-only ferry can only accept non-motorized wheelchairs as motorized wheelchairs are too wide to pass through the opening in the bulwarks of the passenger ferry.

Shuttle Van Service

Our shuttle van is a surplus WTA 15-passenger van with a wheelchair lift. The shuttle must meet a very tight schedule. Please be at the shuttle van stop early to be sure of a ride. The maximum number of passengers allowed in the shuttle van at any one time is 15. No exceptions. See the South Loop and North Loop schedules below for pick up and drop off times.

Vehicle Parking and Removal

  • In preparation for the Whatcom Chief’s return to service, please remove vehicles parked in queuing, driving, and loading areas on both Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island on Saturday, Oct 2.  See Parking Maps AA and CC.
  • 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 on Monday, Oct. 4.
    • Any vehicles left in supplemental parking areas after Oct. 4 will be towed at the owner's expense. No exceptions. 

It is extremely important that designated no parking areas are kept open and clear for the smooth operations of the ferry system, shuttle van, and for safety and fire access. 

We would like to thank the Lummi Commercial Company for their gracious offer to allow Lummi Island residents to use areas marked in Exhibit AA during dry dock.

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