July 15, 2015: Elwha update

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.

Please encourage ferry customers to sign-up for ferry email alerts, check WSF’s website and follow us on Twitter (@wsferries) to receive the latest schedule information and updates.

I will also continue to keep you updated.


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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

One thought on “July 15, 2015: Elwha update

  1. Chris

    At five round trips a day, 22 fewer cars per trip, four months = 120 days, this is a reduction in capacity of 13,400 vehicles. Not helpful for the tourist businesses.


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