The Woodland Ferry in Seaford is now closed in compliance with an inspection and maintenance program required by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.
Officials said the inspection and maintenance routine is required every five years as part of a certification program and is expected to take about four months to complete. The process will require towing the ferry to a dry dock facility where it can be completely pulled out of the water. While there, the engine, hull, gates, hydraulic system, fuel system, bilge and fire suppression systems will all be inspected. Necessary service and repairs will be made and the vessel will be repainted. Signage stating the ferry is closed will be mounted on the gates to the ferry slips.
Although the ferry, named “Tina Fallon,” experienced a troublesome startup when first commissioned, DelDOT officials said the inspection and maintenance that will be performed over the next few months is to be expected on a vessel that operates multiple times each day.
DelDOT officials said they appreciate the patience of ferry users as they take the necessary steps to ensure the ferry operates reliably and safely.