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LeConte Delayed In Returning To Panhandle Run


November 29, 2006
Wednesday AM

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. 4.

"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 and Saturday.

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



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