M/V Columbia Down With Engine
August 15, 2007
(SitNews) - The MV Columbia will be out of service for at least
the remainder of the week with engine problems. The Columbia's
starboard engine went down early Monday morning as it was traveling
northbound to Juneau.
Approximately 268 passengers bound for Haines and Skagway aboard
the Columbia were affected by the mechanical failure. In response,
the Alaska Marine Highway System is using the M/V LeConte and
the FVF Fairweather to transport all passengers to their destinations.
The Fairweather, one of two fast vehicle ferries in the AMHS
fleet, will make two trips north to accommodate the inconvenienced
The AMHS has received permission from the Coast Guard to sail
the Columbia to Ketchikan for repairs. Meanwhile, technical representatives
based out of Seattle are flying to Ketchikan to oversee the repairs.
As a result of the breakdown, the Columbia sailing from Haines
to Bellingham on Monday had to be cancelled.
"We've had to cancel our scheduled Friday sailing northbound
from Bellingham but we are hoping to get the Columba back on
schedule by Sunday at 10 a.m. when it was supposed to sail from
Ketchikan northbound," Falvey said. "Our reservations
staff is also working to accommodate travelers who were expecting
to sail on the Columbia to Bellingham."
Customers with prior reservations on the Columbia are being asked
to stay in contact with their closest AMHS terminal or call (800)
642-0066 for updates.
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