By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Writer 

State plans to send Matanuska into shipyard for full-hull scan


October 5, 2023

The state wants to send the Matanuska, the oldest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet, into a shipyard for the equivalent of a full-body scan. Management wants to find out just how much of the ship's steel has rusted, and how far the rust has eaten into the thickness of the metal.

The 60-year-old Matanuska has been tied up at the dock in Ketchikan since last November, waiting for the state to decide whether to repair the vessel and restore it to working order, or give up on the ship.

"We know we have bad steel," Craig Tornga, marine director for the state ferry system, said at...

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