Fast ferry to be out of service longer than expected

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System says it will take longer than expected for the fast ferry Fairweather to be put back in service.

The ferry is undergoing main engine overhauls.

It was scheduled to resume service in June, but the availability of parts remains an ongoing problem. The engines used in the Fairweather are not widely used worldwide. That means many parts have to be manufactured.

John Falvey, the Alaska Marine Highway System's general manager, says the Fairweather now is tentatively expected to return to service in July.

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