It appears the Alaska State Ferry Tustumena will definitely be back in service in time for Kodiak Crab Festival.
In an e-mail Wednesday to Kodiak’s mayor and the chamber of commerce director, Marine Highway System boss Mike Neussl said he was happy to report that the Tustumena was underway from Ketchikan to resume commercial passenger-carrying.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trevor Brown wrote in a release that the Tusty should make its scheduled calls on Sunday and Tuesday. Crab Fest starts on Thursday.
One potentially complicating factor is that another arm of the Alaska Department of Transportation has reduced the maximum weight limit on the downtown ferry dock – Pier 1 – which could limit the size of vehicles crossing it. The weight limit went from 60,000 pounds to 24,000 pounds, a two-thirds reduction, by order of the DOT’s Bridge department. Pier 2, the City Dock, can be utilized, though it is often in use by fishing vessels and cruise ships.