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Return of ageing ferry delayed again
The return of the "Tustumena" to service has been delayed again until Aug 15. The delay was due to repairs on the ferry taking longer than expected. She was in for scheduled repairs late this spring and was undergoing inspection during which areas were found where the steel had not the required thickness anymore due to rusting and pocking. A vessel to replace the "Tustumena" has been designed but funding was awaiting a vote on the state budget. If funding is approved construction would take five to six years.
Extensive steel wastage delays return of ferry from maintenance
The "Tustumena" was found with extensive steel wastage in the engine room. The system was working with the U.S. Coast Guard on a repair plan to make the vessel safe again. The ferry went in for a scheduled annual overhaul mid-March and was expected to return to service May 27, 2017. The delay impacts communities in southwest Alaska and those along the Aleutian chain. Officials were unsure how many passengers had booked their tickets for the ferry or whether there would be a backup ferry available. They expected the ferry will be ready to depart for Homer on July 18.
Sailings cancelled due to urgent repair work
Sailings of the "Tustumena" will be canceled for the second time since 2015 due to repair work that will keep it in the Ketchikan shipyard for 11 extra days. Sailings from May 15 to May 26, 2016, have been canceled. The ferry had been scheduled to make stops in Kodiak, Sand Point, King Cove, Ouzinkie and other points during that time. Work will be done on the car deck after issues with steel came up during the vessel's annual maintenance and certification. Steel on the car deck that was in need of repair. In 2015 the "Tustumena" was kept in overhaul for an extra 15 days due to steel issues around the car deck and the hull and a water pipe. The ferry was set to be part of this year's Kodiak Chamber of Commerce's Crab Festival, but the repairs coincide with the start of the event, which runs from May 26 to 30. The ferry "Kennicott" will take its place.News schreiben