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UPDATED: Lummi Island ferry engine problem takes it out of service – passenger ferry brought in

About 11am this morning, October 28th, Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division announced they were taking the Lummi Island vehicle ferry, Whatcom Chief, out of service.

Issues with the Whatcom Chief’s engines cited as the reason for the service interruption between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point.

Officials said mechanics were enroute and ferry service would be unavailable until further notice.

Update 1:45pm: The Whatcom Chief is expected to be out of service for at least 24 hours while receiving maintenance in Bellingham. As a result, the passenger ferry and docks are being brought back into service. The passenger ferry is expected to begin service by 8pm tonight.

Update 3pm: Officials with the Ferry Division say parking on the Gooseberry Point side of the route is available along public roadway shoulders as shown on the map below (authorized parking zones highlighted with yellow).

An information page has been published on the Whatcom County website and will be updated with information for ferry riders during this service outage.

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