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August 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

State ferry Elwha returning to work with 11:55 a.m. run

UPDATE, 11:46 a.m.:  The Elwha is back in service with the 11:55 a.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor run, according to the Washington State Ferries website.

Necessary repairs have been completed on the Elwha, according to the site.

UPDATE, 10:42 a.m.: The 9:35 a.m. sailing to Lopez Island and the 10:45 trip from Lopez Island to Anacortes were both canceled, due to ongoing inspections aboard the Elwha, ferry staff said.

ORIGINAL POST: Washington State Ferries says the ferry Elwha was repaired this morning and set to undergo Coast Guard inspection around 9 a.m.,  after one engine was disabled by an electrical flaw Sunday night. If it passes muster, the boat will return to service this morning.

Earlier today, the problem forced officials to cancel two trips between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. Two others were delayed.

The Chelan, Klahowya and Kaleetan have continued to operate on the San Juan routes. But the Elwha was stopped at the Anacortes dock on Monday morning.

Sunday evening, passengers were told to put on life vests as a precaution, before the Elwha limped to port at half speed. “There was an electronic component failure for the #2 end propulsion control system that initially caused smoke to emanate from the engine room,” said spokeswoman Marta Coursey in an update this morning. The 380-foot vessel was built in 1967 and rebuilt in 1991.

The 6:25 a.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor trip and the 8:05 a.m. Friday Harbor to Anacortes run were canceled. The delayed trips are the 9:35 a.m. sailing from Anacortes to Lopez Island, and the 10:45 a.m. Lopez Island to Anacortes, according to ferry service alerts.

 

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