Crew douses minor fire aboard
May 27, 2008
The crew aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry
Columbia extinguished a generator fire at sea Sunday afternoon
Columbia was transiting northbound from Ketchikan with about
285 passengers and 113 vehicles after departing at 10 a.m. when
the fire began in the number one generator about 1:30 p.m.
"Obviously the crew performed quite well in extinguishing
this small fire and keeping it contained," said Capt. John
Falvey, AMHS general manager. "We're very thankful that
there were no injuries or substantial damage to any of the ship's
AMHS representatives transferred the Columbia passengers to the
ferries Kennicott and Taku to continue their travels.
"Right now our goal is
to have the experts forensically disassemble the generator, try
to pinpoint what happened and to receive the Coast Guard's approval
for Columbia to set sail Wednesday," Falvey said.
Columbia is tentatively scheduled to sail to Bellingham tomorrow
and return northward with passengers and vehicles Friday.
Falvey said that AMHS has a
replacement generator in Seattle that is slated for installation
the second or third week in July. The Kennicott will carry the
Columbia's passengers while the generator replacement occurs.
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