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LeConte Ordered to Ketchikan With Shaft Problem
St. Aquilina to Fill in on Rural Village Run


December 07, 2005

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced Tuesday that the M/V LeConte will sail today from Sitka to the Ketchikan shipyard to have its shaft problem diagnosed and repaired. No passengers will be allowed to travel on the voyage.

"We do not know at this point how long the LeConte will be out of service, so we are contracting with Alaska Catamarans for the use of the M/V St. Aquilina to provide fill-in passenger only service to Hoonah, Tenakee, Angoon and Kake," said Jim Beedle, operations manager for AMHS. "We hope the problem can be taken care of within two weeks. We are working to get the vessel back in service as soon as possible."

Beedle said the LeConte stayed at the dock in Sitka overnight and was inspected this morning by the Coast Guard. It has been experiencing abnormal movement in its propulsion shafts.

The St. Aquilina will replace LeConte service until the vessel is repaired. Initially the St. Aquilina will make a trip from Juneau to Hoonah and return today, leaving tomorrow morning (Wednesday) from Juneau through the villages to Sitka. On Thursday it will begin the same pattern that was run during the LeConte overhaul.

The schedule beginning Thursday December 8th through the period that the LeConte is unavailable is:

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Source of News:

Alaska Department of Transportation


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