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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.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,207 Confirmed Skagit Cases
383 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

268 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
13,164 Fully Vaccinated
36,967 Doses Given

Statewide

325,053 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,599 Hospitalizations

5,041 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, March 6, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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