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Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on alternative schedule through July

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 17:26

Ian Sterling, WSF communications, 206-515-3959
WSF media hotline, 206-402-8070

No new vehicle reservations accepted until another vessel is available

SEATTLE – The Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry route will operate on an emergency schedule through at least the end of the month due to the breakdown of the Yakima.

Five ferries typically sail between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands during the busy summer months, but the route went down to four ferries when the Yakima's generator failed on Sunday, July 16. Washington State Ferries put an emergency schedule into place through the end of July to maintain service until another vessel is available.

Maintenance crews are working to get another ferry ready to step in as quickly as possible.

After the Yakima's generator failed, the vessel was moved to WSF's Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island. Maintenance crews will replace the generator and fix other issues with the ferry. The repairs could take up to three weeks. The Yakima will be replaced by another vessel as soon as possible.

Changes to Anacortes/San Juan Islands route

  • Adjusted schedule: Sailing times have adjusted to prioritize domestic travel in the San Juan Islands, cancelling one morning international sailing to Sidney, British Columbia. Morning international travelers will be moved to the afternoon sailing.
  • Reservations get priority: Customers with existing reservations will get priority on a first-come, first-served basis each day. Reservation holders who choose not to travel will not be charged a no-show fee and don't need to cancel their reservation.
  • BC Ferries: Sidney travelers can use BC Ferries as an alternative. WSF is also working with BC Ferries to allow passengers with existing reservations to travel on their boats.
  • No new reservations: WSF will not accept new vehicles reservations for any San Juan Islands sailings until further notice. Those without reservations can travel stand-by, though vehicle stand-by space is limited. This does not affect reservations on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.

Travel tips

Customers should prepare for longer than usual wait times and plan ahead:

  • Arrive at least 90 minutes to two hours early, even with a reservation.
  • Consider walking on, rather than taking a vehicle. There is generally always room available for walk-on passengers. Paid parking is available at the Anacortes terminal.
  • Sign up for ferry travel alerts.

Riders can also get up-to-date information about sailings by following WSF's Twitter account or using the WSDOT traffic app on their mobile device.

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