June 19, 2009
The 46-year-old Matanuska and its crew will begin sailing Alaska's waters June 23. The three-day delay is necessary according to AMHS General Manager, Capt. John Falvey.
"The ship's delayed return is due to required training for the crew on the new evacuation system and the automated testing system in the ship's engine room," Falvey explained. "These are essential to ensuring all mechanical components are operating correctly. Crew familiarization with these systems is necessary and mandated under federal requirements."
The Matanuska was originally scheduled to depart Ketchikan June 20, southbound to Prince Rupert. Falvey says the ships schedule will be altered as a result of required crew training. Matanuska will now sail southbound from Ketchikan June 23.
According to Falvey, passengers previously booked for travel on Matanuska June 20 will be contacted by reservations specialists for rebooking. Those passengers may also call the AMHS toll free reservation number at (800) 642-0066 or visit the AMHS website at: www.ferryalaska.com .
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