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Lummi Island ferry service suspended while rudder is repaired

Ferry service was suspended Wednesday due to a mechanical issue with one of the rudders of the Whatcom Chief.
Ferry service was suspended Wednesday due to a mechanical issue with one of the rudders of the Whatcom Chief. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Ferry service to Lummi Island was suspended Wednesday morning because of a mechanical issue with one of the rudders.

Joe Rutan, the Whatcom County engineer and assistant director in the Public Works department, said a specialist from Seattle was brought in to help fix the rudder control unit. On Wednesday afternoon it was discovered a cable in the unit needed to be replaced. Once a replacement cable is tracked down and installed, tests will need to be done on the ferry. That will put the Whatcom Chief on schedule for its first regular run on Thursday morning, which would be around 5:40 a.m.

If the county is able to complete the tests this evening, the ferry will start some runs Wednesday night. The county will announce if it begins runs tonight through Twitter on its Whatcom County Ferry account.

The Whatcom Chief typically operates throughout the day. For details on departure times, check the county’s website.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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