Ferry Aurora's windlass motor being repaired

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2010

The ferry Aurora is expected to return to service Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced Friday.

The Aurora was idled last week by a malfunctioning anchor windlass motor while the ferry was moored at the Auke Bay terminal. While ferries rarely anchor, the windlass is also used to tighten mooring cables, a job which cannot be done by hand, ferry officials said.

While the Aurora was out of service, Allen Marine's St. Aquilina is providing some passenger-only service.

The Aurora's Monday and Tuesday sailings have been canceled, and the St. Aquilina will sail from Juneau on Saturday to Hoonah and Angoon to accommodate passengers with reservations to attend previously scheduled civic events.

The AMHS ferry Kennicott is now sailing across the gulf, and will divert to Lynn Canal Saturday to provide service for accumulated Aurora traffic destined for Haines and Skagway.

Technicians in Seattle are working around the clock to rebuild the windlass motor, and it will be reinstalled immediately upon being returned to Juneau, ferry officials said.

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