February 12, 2006
"It is apparent that the cylinder sleeves on the engines have developed hairline cracks, which have allowed coolant to enter the cylinders," said Captain John Falvey, AMHS General Manager. "We have been in contact with the manufacturer and are proceeding with a plan to replace all the sleeves on the engines, which we estimate will take nine to ten weeks."
were in the Ketchikan shipyard for regularly scheduled annual maintenance when the problem was diagnosed. Friday morning sunrise...
Front Page Photo by Lisa Thompson ©2006
The Fairweather and its sister ship, the M/V Chenega, were in the Ketchikan shipyard for regularly scheduled annual maintenance when the problem was diagnosed.
Last year, the Fairweather had to have one of its engines replaced under warranty when it developed a coolant leak due to a manufacturer's defect. Falvey said it is unclear how much of the current breakdown will be covered by warranty.
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