By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Columbia cancels sailings for at least a week due to repairs

Mechanical issue on aging ferry affects stops between Southeast Alaska and Bellingham


Geraldine Young / Alaska DOTPF

The Columbia docks at the terminal in Haines while in service previously

The Columbia state ferry has cancelled its sailings for at least a week due to a mechanical issue, affecting stops at ports between Haines and Bellingham, Washington, according to a service notice by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS).

The primary interruption to service is a seven-day period starting Wednesday, with a sailing from Ketchikan to Bellingham and back through Southeast Alaska cancelled, the AMHS notice issued Monday notes. The decision is due to a "mechanical issue with the vessel bow thruster."

"The vessel will remain in (Ketchikan) during this cancellation to undergo repair...

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