JUNEAU – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities announced Monday that the M/V Tustumena returned to service on Sunday. The Tustumena will provide service this fall and winter to Homer, Seldovia, Port Lions, Ouzinkie and Kodiak. In the spring it will resume service to the Aleutian Chain twice per month.
“The Tustumena is in the best shape that it has been for many years and will be very capable of providing safe and reliable service to the communities of Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian Chain,” said AMHS General Manager John Falvey.
The Tustumena entered a capital improvement project on Nov. 1, 2012 and was originally scheduled to return to service on last April. Due to unexpected discovery items, specifically steel work, two project extensions were conveyed to the Seward Shipyard. Further delays ensued at the shipyard and the vessel’s return to service was postponed indefinitely until the necessary repairs could be completed and meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout Alaska.