The Alaska Marine Highway System cancelled the sailing planned for Wednesday from Ketchikan to Bellingham, Wash. of the ferry Columbia, along with Columbia’s scheduled Saturday trip from that southern terminus.
An inspection of the engine revealed a heat-damaged component which must be replaced, according to a release from AMHS. The part is being flown from New Jersey to Ketchikan.
“We are preparing the engine to install the various replacement parts coming from Seattle, California, and New Jersey. They should all be in Ketchikan by (5 p.m.) Saturday and will be installed overnight.” said Michael Neussl, deputy commissioner of AMHS, in the release “We hope to have the ship ready to resume service on its normal schedule heading northbound from Ketchikan on Sunday.”
The Columbia left Juneau at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, then stopped in Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell before arriving in Ketchikan Wednesday, according to information available on the AMHS website. Ketchikan was its last planned stop before it was to arrive in Bellingham Saturday. The Columbia is currently scheduled to leave Bellingham at 6 p.m. May 27 to arrive in Juneau at 6 a.m. May 30.