Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004

Ferry sailings to Sitka canceled due to repairs

JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System is canceling two trips to Sitka on the ferry Fairweather at the end of this month due to a broken engine.

The ferry will not run to Sitka on Sunday, Sept. 26, and Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The ferry, which is operating on three of four engines, still is making its regularly scheduled stops in Skagway and Haines in Upper Lynn Canal. The ferry system announced earlier this month that improperly installed parts during the construction of the ship worked loose and rubbed a hole in one of four engine blocks.

The ferry system said they must operate during strong tidal currents to safely run the ship on three engines through the rocky Sergius Narrows near Sitka. On some days the currents occur after dark, but Fairweather workers have not been trained to run the ship after dark.

AMHS recommends that travelers check with their local ferry terminals for alternate ferry schedules.

"This is just a real unfortunate turn of events, brought on by the engine failure and shortening days," ferry system General Manager John Falvey said in a prepared statement. "Our expectation is to operate the Fairweather during the daytime to the extent possible, and get the night training for our crews as soon as we can."

Water service shut off Thursday night

JUNEAU - The city water utility shut off water on areas close to Costco during Thursday to repair a damaged waterpipe on Glacier Highway near the old Tyler Rental building.

Affected streets include Jenkins Drive, Shaune Drive, Charles Way, Ralphs Way, Bent Court, Commercial Boulevard, Anka Street and Allen Court.

The water was turned off at 8 p.m. and will come back on when the water main is repaired.



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