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Unanticipated repairs will delay the Guemes Ferry from returning to service until Friday, April 7. The M/V Guemes was originally scheduled to return to service March 29.

During maintenance, crews found that the engine foundations of the M/V Guemes were in worse condition than originally expected; as a result, crews discovered cracks to the z-drive mounting brackets located below deck. Additional steel work is necessary to repair the engine foundations and z-drive mounting brackets.

“The M/V Guemes has two z-drives,” said Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager. “They’re propulsion and steering units that can rotate 360 degrees, and eliminate the need for a rudder to steer the vessel.”

Rowe said there was no way to anticipate the condition of the engine foundations or z-drive mounting brackets until the vessel was in dry dock. Repairs can only be made when the vessel is out of the water.

The passenger-only vessel Strait Arrow will remain in service, as will Skagit Transit on Guemes Island, until work on the M/V Guemes is complete.

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558 Skagit Cases (+1)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

60 Hospitalizations (+0)
16 Deaths (+1)
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12,416 Tested
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37,420 Cases Statewide (+435)
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635,524 Total Tests Statewide
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