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Kennicott resumes service

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2000

The Kennicott ferry should return to service today when it leaves Ketchikan at 1 p.m. to resume its northbound schedule.

The Kennicott has been out of service since Monday due to a failure of a bearing in its starboard engine reduction gear. The gear helps generate electricity for the ship.

Vessel engineers discovered the damage just before the ship pulled into Haines on Monday afternoon. The twin-screw Kennicott returned to Juneau on one engine.

It had been under repair for about a week at the Auke Bay terminal.

"Investigation of the damages revealed that a roller bearing to the power take off generator had worn out and failed," a press release from the Alaska Marine Highway System stated. "The shaft from the reduction gear to the generator had to be removed so that additional damage did not occur."

For details regarding the revised schedule and online reservation requests, visit the system's Web site at www.state.ak.us/ferry or call 465-3941.



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