Annual Dry Dock

Dry Dock

Annual Maintenance

Each year the Whatcom Chief spends time in dry dock in order to undergo annual maintenance. The vessel can be in dry dock from 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the extent of the maintenance needed. A passenger-only ferry operates while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock. Additional, temporary parking is provided on Lummi Island for dry dock.

Dry Dock 2020

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for dry dock repairs and maintenance starting the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12, and is expected to return to service the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3. The return date is tentative and subject to change; additional information will be provided closer to the return to service date. 

Please contact Whatcom County Public Works Administration with questions or concerns at 360-778-6200 or email  

What to Expect on Saturday, Sept. 12:

  • The Whatcom Chief will provide an early first run at 6:00 a.m.
  • The ferry will make continuous trips between the island and the mainland before going out of service for dry dock.
  • The last two departures of the Whatcom Chief will be:
    • 10:00 a.m. from Lummi Island to Gooseberry Point.
    • 10:10 a.m. from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island.
  • Due to the complex nature of the dry dock switchover, no additional runs will be made to clear the docks after the last posted departure time. Please plan accordingly.
  • Service with the contracted passenger-only ferry will start at 6:00 p.m. from Lummi Island. 

Passenger-Only Ferry:

  • View a printable sailing schedule for the passenger only ferry.
  • The contracted passenger-only ferry wil provide service between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All state and local COVID-19 preventions and precautions will be in place. This includes: 
    • Only 55 passengers are allowed at any given time. 
    • Face coverings are required at all times. 
    • COVID-19 prevention measures are subject to change with little or no notice if state mandates, health officer directives, or other government policies change. The pandemic continues to evolve in our area. The Lummi Island Ferry staff will communicate any changes as they occur.

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