MV Taku Northbound Sailing
Cancelled due to Boiler
Will Pick Up Southbound Schedule
to Prince Rupert Sunday Morning
December 02, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Marine Highway System announced
today that the northbound sailing of the MV Taku has been
cancelled due to its inoperative boiler. The Taku had
been scheduled to depart Ketchikan Thursday afternoon for Skagway,
with intermediate stops at Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, and
Haines. Its normal schedule would have it returning to Ketchikan
by Saturday night. It is the intention of AMHS to have the vessel
back in service in time to sail southbound to Prince Rupert on
schedule at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Workers at Alaska Ship and
Drydock have so far been unable to determine why the boiler,
which provides heat and hot water throughout the vessel, stopped
working on Thursday while the Taku was en route to Ketchikan.
Capt. John Falvey, general
manager of AMHS, said reservations personnel would work to place
travelers on other ferries.
"We hope to accommodate
everyone who is inconvenienced by the breakdown," Falvey
said. "For those who need to travel from other Southeast
communities southbound to Ketchikan to catch the Taku for
Prince Rupert, we plan to have them on the Fairweather
and Chenega. "
Falvey said travelers previously
booked on the Taku between now and Sunday should call
the AMHS reservations number at 800-642-0066.
Taku Delayed in Ketchikan With Dead Boiler - The Alaska Marine
Highway System announced this afternoon that the MV /Taku/ is
delayed in Ketchikan and unable to sail with a dead boiler. Workers
at Alaska Ship and Drydock will remove the top of the boiler
late this afternoon to assess the problem. The boiler provides
heat and hot water throughout the vessel. - More...
Thursday - December 01, 2005
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