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AMHS cancels today's sailing from Juneau to Haines, Skagway

Electrical problems blamed for keeping LeConte in the dock

Posted: April 15, 2011 - 11:13am

The Alaska Marine Highway Service cancelled today’s sailing of the ferry LeConte from Juneau to Haines and Skagway, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

A Coast Guard inspection of the ferry “revealed electrical discrepancies with the ship’s firefighting systems,” the release states. This comes after the LeConte underwent a major overhaul in Portland, Ore. in early April.

An electrical engineering team from the Portland shipyard is on the way to Juneau, and will work with AMHS engineers to fix the issue. Once the problem is resolved, AMHS will rebook affected passengers.

“Passenger safety is of the utmost importance to us,” stated Michael Neussl, AMHS deputy commissioner, in the release. “We are doing everything possible to resolve the problem and get customers safely to their destinations. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this delay has caused our passengers.”

For more information call the AMHS’ central reservations office at 465-3941 or (800) 642-0066. More information, including a revised schedule, can be found as it becomes available on the AMHS website at http://bit.ly/eNA1xc.

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