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Woodland Ferry Closed for Inspection and Maintenance

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SEAFORD, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation advises motorists that the Woodland Ferry is now closed in compliance with an inspection and maintenance program required by the U.S. Coast Guard. The inspection and maintenance routine is required every five years as part of a certification program and is expected to take approximately four months to complete, DelDOT said.

According to DelDOT, 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 that the ferry is closed will be mounted on the gates to the ferry slips.

DeldOT said that although the ferry, named the "Tina Fallon", experienced a troublesome startup when first commissioned, 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 during daylight hours.

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