Schedule to Sitka, Skagway in Flux
September 06, 2004
Photo courtesy Alaska DOT
In the meantime, the fast ferry will continue to serve Haines, Skagway, and Sitka. However, sailings to Sitka will depend on tidal currents under 3-1/2 knots in Sergius Narrows, and those to Skagway will be prohibited by winds over 25 knots.
AMHS staff who diagnosed the engine problem last Wednesday determined that improperly installed parts in the exhaust manifold had worked loose and vibrated against the engine block to a point where a hole developed, allowing jacket water into the exhaust system. Experts from the engine manufacturer in Germany are scheduled to inspect the ferry's other three engines in the next few days to make sure the same problem is not taking place in them. All four engines are under warranty, so the repairs will be done at the manufacturer's expense.
Regarding schedules between
Juneau and Sitka or Skagway, all travelers are encouraged to
check with their local ferry terminal operators.
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