The Alaska State Ferry Tustumena has returned to Kodiak since undergoing repairs at the Seward shipyard. The problem lay in hatch covers that are part of the elevator system that load the car deck. Alaska Marine Highway chief John Falvey says the work couldn’t be put off.
Falvey says the ageing ferry – it was constructed in 1963 – is something state ferry managers are aware is becoming an issue. It’s recognized, he says, that the Tustumena is approaching its golden years.
The state ferry system is also in the midst of revamping its website to offer real-time tracking of the fleet. People would be able to get up-to-the-minute updates and track progress on color charts.Falvey added that the new system is in beta testing but may be online as early as late summer or early fall.