Aurora disabled, AMHS contracts out limited replacement service

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010

A mechanical problem disabled the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Aurora while it was moored at Auke Bay terminal Tuesday evening.

With the ship out of service, ferry system officials contracted with Allen Marine Tours to provide replacement passenger-only service aboard the vessel St. Aquilina while the Aurora is being repaired. Later, the ferry Kennicott will take over the Aurora's runs, ferry spokesman Roger Wetherell said.

For reasons not yet known, the motor used to power the Aurora's anchor windlass seized up, rendering the system inoperable, Wetherell said.

The Aurora sailings for today through Saturday are canceled. The vessel St. Aquilina will sail between Juneau, Hoonah and Angoon on Friday and Saturday to accommodate passengers with reservations to attend previously scheduled civic events.

The Kennicott is sailing across the Gulf of Alaska and will divert to Lynn Canal arriving Saturday when it will provide service for accumulated Aurora traffic destined to Haines and Skagway.

Travelers requiring scheduling assistance may contact the AMHS Central Reservations at (907) 465-3941 or (800) 642-0066.

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