Ferry Lituya to resume service March 5

Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009

JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Lituya is scheduled to resume service between the communities of Ketchikan and Metlakatla March 5, AMHS officials announced Friday.

The 181-foot Lituya, built in 2004, sustained damage to various portions of its hull after the ship broke free from its mooring in Metlakatla Jan. 30, causing the ship to ground near Scrub Island in Southeast Alaska. Responders safely refloated the ferry that same day. A small amount of fuel spilled into the water when the vessel began to list as tides dropped.

Lituya's first sailing will be March 5 when it departs Metlakatla at 8 a.m.

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