M/V Taku Returned to Service
Completes $6.6 million Capital
July 21, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The M/V Taku will returned to service Friday
after the completion of a $6.6 million federal capital improvement
project to replace its main propulsion shafting system, overhaul
its engine and make numerous life safety and amenities improvements.
The Taku departed Todd Shipyard in Seattle on July 17 after the
seven-month overhaul and refurbishment project was complete.
It went to Bellingham for resupply and departed for Ketchikan
on July 18. It is scheduled to resume revenue service on Friday
when it leaves Ketchikan for Prince Rupert.
"With this major overhaul, we think we are going to extend
the useful life of the Taku and deliver to the riders a ship
that is more dependable because of the improvements we've made,"
said Capt. John Falvey, General Manager of the Alaska Marine
Highway System. AMHS vessels generally go through these federal
capital improvement projects about every three years, Falvey
As part of the overhaul and refurbishment, the Taku was fitted
with new controllable pitch propeller system and propulsion control
system modifications. It also underwent an overhaul of its main
engines as well as several Safety of Life at Sea improvements
and its hull was painted.
The cabin level deck recliners were installed and the TV lounge
was renovated, modifications were made to the ships deck lounge
and writing area to accommodate passengers with electronic devices
as well as new flooring being installed on the ships deck stairways
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