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Mechanical issues alter ferry schedules

 


Ferry schedules are continuing to be revised after the M/V Columbia experienced mechanical issues on its way from Portland to Bellingham.

According to an Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) press release, “The MV Columbia experienced an unexpected mechanical issue with its port engine prior to returning to service. Technicians are onboard assessing the situation and developing a repair plan. The MV Columbia has been rescheduled to return to service Wednesday, June 18, departing Ketchikan en route to Bellingham, Wash.”

ADOT spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow said a European company manufactures the ferry’s engines and mechanics are waiting for a part being shipped from Finland.

“A gear driven pump failed in the port engine,” Woodrow said. “The fix itself doesn’t sound like it will be too difficult.”

Schedules to the M/V LeConte, M/V Malaspina and M/V Fairweather have also been altered and Alaska Marine Highway System staff is contacting affected passengers.

Woodrow said additional questions should be directed to local ferry terminals.

 

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