By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

State ferry system silent on summer plans for Columbia


April 14, 2022

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been hoping since last August to bring back the Columbia to service this year after an almost three-year absence, but with the start of the summer schedule only weeks away the state has not announced a decision on the ship.

The Columbia's summer return is contingent on hiring enough crew to replace staff that were laid off, retired, quit or moved to other ships since the state's largest ferry was pulled out of service in the fall of 2019.

"We're pouring a lot of effort into recruitment, but headway has been slow," Sam Dapcevich, Department of Transportation...

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