The following letter from Lynne Griffith was sent last evening to the SJI Partnership committee. I am sharing it here with permission from WSF staff.
Update on the Elwha drive motor repairs
July 14, 2015
After investigating the cause of the Elwha’s drive motor failure on July 10, WSF’s engineers have determined that one of the vessel’s drive motors requires extensive repairs. We anticipate the Elwha will be out of service for approximately four months while the job is completed.
Having one of our mid-size vessels out for this long presents a huge challenge. We are in the middle of our busiest season and the system is already stretched thin. This emergency repair means we will utilize every available vessel in the fleet.
We are developing specific service plans and will update you tomorrow on potential solutions. I understand that any service adjustments are difficult for our customers and I sympathize with ferry riders who may need to adjust their schedules or figure out different times to travel. We will continue to actively communicate with customers via email, social media and online.
I will also continue to keep you updated.