Kennicott filling in for Matanuska
JUNEAU - The state ferry Kennicott will continue to fill in for the Matanuska, which is spending more time than expected at the Alaska Shipyard and Drydock in Ketchikan.
The Matanuska was supposed to be back in service by Wednesday but a $5 million refurbishment project was not completed in time, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced this week.
Rather than switching to its southbound run to Prince Rupert, as published in the ferry schedule, the Kennicott will cover for the Matanuska and continue on to Bellingham. It's set to arrive at the Washington port at 8 a.m. Friday and then head north by 6 p.m.
The Kennicott will continue on the Matanuska's published schedule through its southbound arrival in Juneau at 10:45 p.m. Monday. The Kennicott's Friday cross-Gulf of Alaska run from Juneau is delayed until March 6.
The Matanuska is supposed to resume its scheduled service to Bellingham when it departs southbound from Ketchikan at 7 p.m. March 7.
Customers holding reservations on affected sailings will be contacted to reschedule. For more information, visit the system's Web site at www.state.ak.us/ferry or call 465-3941 or your local terminal or office.