10/28/2008: "12:05pm To Friday Harbor Via Lopez"
Beginning Tuesday, Oct 28th, the Anacortes terminal will load 20 cars bound for Friday Harbor on the 12:05pm sailing to Lopez. These cars will then drive off at Lopez and proceed to Odlin Park, where they will turn around and return to the terminal to board the 1:10pm inter-island sailing to Friday Harbor.
This is to help alleviate the midday sailing gap and maximize available inter-island space while the smaller Sealth is operating in place of the Elwha.
The 90-car ferry Sealth began service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Sunday, Oct. 26. This means a slight reduction in vehicle capacity for the route.
Customers on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route should be aware of the reduction in capacity, but the change should not inconvenience customers. Customers are encouraged to arrive early for their desired sailings.
The Sealth is coming out of a nine-week drydock period for planned maintenance. When the Sealth arrives in Anacortes, the 144-car Elwha will head south for three days of service on the Seattle/Bremerton route, and then into drydock until early December for its scheduled maintenance. The other vessels currently serving the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route are the 144-car Yakima and the 124-car Chelan, with the 87-car Evergreen State providing inter-island service.
With a lack of back-up vessels in the ferry system, WSDOT must plan vessel moves to accommodate planned maintenance while minimizing impacts to customers. This becomes especially difficult during the winter maintenance season, when more vessels must be removed from service for annual maintenance and inspections.