M/V Columbia Out for Season
August 20, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Marine Vessel Columbia, which lost its
starboard engine last Monday, will now be out for the remainder
of the Summer 2007 season, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced.
The decision was made to send the vessel into a scheduled overhaul
period one month early due to the lack of availability of key
parts required to affect a repair.
"This is obviously a tough decision for us in that the summer
season is an important revenue generating period and the Columbia,
being on the Bellingham run, is a big part of those revenues,"
said AMHS General Manager John Falvey.
The Columbia will sit
in Ketchikan until August 27th when it will begin transiting
to a shipyard for its overhaul.
Photo by Susan Batho and Bill Hupe
The Columbia was originally scheduled to enter a federal overhaul
on Sept. 23rd and would have been in revenue service up until
that date. Last Monday, a piston rod in the starboard engine
failed causing the engine to be shut down. The Alaska Marine
Highway System (AMHS) has a replacement rod for the engine, but
new bearings would also have to be specially manufactured and
those require up to five weeks to complete.
The Columbia will sit in Ketchikan until August 27th when it
will begin transiting to a shipyard for its overhaul. The shipyard
will be chosen through the state's normal bidding process.
The AMHS is attempting to accommodate customers with prior reservations
on the Columbia through the four other ships that currently travel
outside of Alaska. 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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