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Guemes Island Ferry

County Engineer: Paul A. Randall-Grutter, P.E. Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe

replacement project

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News and Notices


Guemes Ferry haul out starts Feb. 24 | Updates
Guemes was scheduled to return to service Tuesday, Mar. 19; however, the return of the car ferry will definitely be delayed. At this time, we do not know exactly how long it will take.

On October 8, 2018, Skagit County received a total of four bids for the work. Foss Maritime Company, in Seattle, WA was the low bidder, with a bid of $568,850.00. If you are interested, you view the bid results on our website. The work to be performed by the shipyard includes routine maintenance items as well as the removal and replacement of one outdrive, transmissions, drivelines, propellers and emergency fire pumps. The entire car deck coating will be completely removed and renewed, and the hull will be recoated.
Separate from the work the shipyard will perform will be an in-depth marine survey to include ultrasonic inspection of the vessel’s hull, car deck, framing and tanks. We will be working with a marine engineer, marine surveyor and specialized inspection services to determine 1) a maintenance plan for the remaining service life of the Guemes and 2) the required repower year should the ferry replacement project be delayed for any reason.

Ferry haul out and punch card expiration:
Due to the shut-down, the expiration dates on vehicle and driver punch cards will be extended for 30 days past the stamped expiration date.

The 30-day exten­sion will apply only to vehicle and driver punch cards that are stamped with an expiration date of February 24, 2019, or later.

Please be aware that passenger punch cards may still be used dur­ing the haul-out; therefore, no extensions will apply to the stamped expiration date of passenger punch cards.


Captain Rachel Rowe
Ferry Operations Division Manager
Skagit County Public Works

Anacortes Terminal - 500 I Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221
Ferry Office: (360) 293-6433   Cell: (360) 333-1496 
Direct Line: (360) 416-1466     Fax: (360) 293-1899