10/11/2018: "New Negative Impacts For WSF & SJC"
Starting Monday, October 22, through Sunday, November 4, WSF will only offer three-boats for the islands, and will cancel the Sidney run during the same period.
And, they will suspend the making of reservations -a first come, first served basis only- due to the fact the reservation system can not be changed to meet the new schedule for that two week period.
The Olympic Class Samish (144 cars) and Issaquah Class Chelan (124 cars) will be assigned to the Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Orcas/Lopez/Shaw runs, with the Evergreen State Class Tillikum (87 cars) on the interisland route.
In an email to government officials John B. Vezina, Government Relations Director for Washington State Ferries, stated "As you know, we have been without a service relief vessel since spring, when the Elwha, scheduled for the San Juan Islands this summer, was removed from service for emergency steel replacement. This led to a service disruption to our Sidney route at the end of the summer, when the Hyak had to be removed for emergency repairs. Now, with the summer season complete, we face two weeks with seven boats out of service, four for emergency repairs (including the Hyak and Elwha, assigned to the San Juan Islands) and three vessels for Coast Guard required shipyard work. This means we must adjust service on San Juan Islands routes."
"We understand the impact this service disruption will have on our passengers and have looked at every scenario to avoid it. Downsizing a route is our very last option, but it is not possible to maintain our current schedule with seven boats out of service. We hope getting this schedule to the public 11 days before the service disruption will allow our passengers to plan trips, even without reservations," he added.