Service on Ferry Tustumena Delayed Yet Again

The return to service of the state ferry Tustumena has been delayed once again, this time until October.


by Associated Press

 KODIAK- The return to service of the state ferry Tustumena has been delayed once again, this time until October.

Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson announced the news at Thursday night's city council meeting.

The ferry has been in a Seward drydock since last November, with the date to return it to service pushed back repeatedly.

Delays because of excessive rust and inadequate welding have left much of

southwest Alaska without regular ferry service.

The ferry Kennicott occasionally fills in when possible. But city councilman Terry Haines says the Kennicott can't serve smaller communities that don't have large-enough docks.

The city council unanimously passed a resolution asking the governor and

state Legislature to develop a long-term solution to ensure full and uninterrupted ferry service to Kodiak.



















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