LeConte Delayed In Returning
To Panhandle Run
November 29, 2006
The Alaska Marine Highway System will continue to use Allen Marine
vessels Aquilina and Glacier to serve the Northern Panhandle
route through Dec. 3 while work is completed on the M/V LeConte.
The LeConte was expected to return to service on Dec. 1, but
logistical problems have delayed the return, said AMHS General
Manager John Falvey. The LeConte is now expected to return Dec.
"Getting the LeConte back into service is a big project
that requires a lot of little things to fall into place. We were
delayed in getting a component and that's going to push sea trials
back a day so we've made the decision to err on the side of caution
and do the job right," Falvey said.
The AMHS currently has a contract with Allen Marine to provide
vehicle and passenger service as needed. AMHS staff have secured
Allen Marine to run the M/V Aquilina on the Panhandle Route on
Friday and Sunday and the vehicle ferry M/V Glacier on Thursday
The LeConte has been in overhaul since Aug. 25 and was originally
due out Sept. 29. During overhaul, unanticipated mechanical problems
were discovered with the ships steering system.
Customers who want to receive last minute schedule information
are advised to call 465-3940 or visit www.ferryalaska.com.
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