Update: As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, there is a new four-boat alternative schedule. It can be viewed below.
The Samish ferry is experiencing a problem with its number two engine. In response to having a third ferry out of service, Washington State Ferries has released a four-boat alternative schedule for the San Juan Islands until further notice, which will operate until a fifth boat can be put back into circulation. WSF ferries does not have a current estimation on when the boats will be in full operation.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue provided mutual aid to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department for extreme congestion and crowd control near the Orcas Ferry Terminal on Sunday, Aug. 6. The ferry delays resulted in hundreds of vehicles stuck in the ferry area creating a road and pedestrian hazard.
The ferry schedule had just returned to normal on Saturday, July 29 after operating on a four-boat schedule for 11 days. Read more about the earlier sailing interruption here.
In the ferry line since 0900 on Lopez…100 cars have left the island since, now 730p Just make a plan and communicate!!!@wsferries @king5— Debra Nicholls (@MadronaBlue) August 7, 2017