Badger expected to sail again Tuesday

July 8, 2024

LUDINGTON — The SS Badger remained at its home dock in Ludington today, undergoing electrical system repairs. The Badger has been out of service since Saturday evening. It is expected to be operating again Tuesday morning.

After departing Manitowoc Saturday afternoon, an electrical issue arose while the ship was underway to Ludington. The problem was quickly identified allowing the ship to safely continue its cross-lake operation.

“The Badger’s engineers are working around the clock to complete the repair,” said Lake Michigan Carferry spokesman Thom Hawley. “The problem has been isolated and once the repair is complete the ship will resume its normal sailing schedule.

“To provide safe and reliable service in the future, the ship remains in port today while engineers and electricians work to isolate the issue and correct any further electrical problems,” said Thom Hawley, spokesman for Lake Michigan Carferry.  “Lake Michigan Carferry apologizes for the inconvenience to our passengers. Once we have fully tested all of the ship’s systems, the SS Badger will resume its normal sailing schedule.”

The company’s staff is working with passengers to reschedule their trip. Those affected or have questions are encouraged to call reservationists at 800-841-4243 to make alternate travel arrangements or receive a refund.

Schedule updates will also be posted on


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