- By Dick Purinton –
The ferry Eyrarbakki sat on blocks in early November at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding dry dock facility for its five-year Coast Guard hull inspection, plus other scheduled maintenance work. Early in the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 18, when the winds were light, the ferry was lifted in slings by the overhead crane “Big Blue” and set back in the water.
This yard visit marked the first time one of the WIFL vessels was placed in the large graving dock rather than one of the other dry dock units, due to other ship haul-outs previously scheduled. Because of major ongoing shipbuilding in the 1200-ft. graving dock, where sections for two new vessels are being joined and fitted, the graving dock remained dry throughout, and the ferry was instead lifted in and out by the yard’s large gantry crane.
Upon approval of the recently completed yard work by the U.S. Coast Guard, Rich Ellefson and his son Jed Ellefson started up the Eyrarbakki and sailed home to Detroit Harbor, just in time to meet the influx of hunter traffic for the 2020 gun deer season.
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