KELLER – The Washington Department of Transportation has announced service at the Keller Ferry will stop at midnight on March 31 and will resume April 10.
The Sanpoil will be out of service for repair of three hairline cracks located on the side of the vessel, according to a post from WSDOT, who further noted ferry operators noticed the cracks during routine inspections of the vessel.
Foss Maritime of Seattle will complete the repair, and a team from the Washington State Ferries Veseel Engineering Division will monitor the work.
The U.S. Coast Guard must issue a final approval before the ferry can return to service.
In 2014, Foss repaired a tiny crack on the port side of the vessel “where a support rib intersects with a welded seam on the all-aluminum vessel,” reports WSDOT.
During the out of service period, work will also be performed on the steering system for the vessel.