Return of Tustumena and Kennicott delayed until mid-May

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Alaska Marine Highway System’s mainline service won’t be back up and running until mid-May. The ferries Columbia, Kennicott and Tustumena were scheduled to return to service later this month.

A statement by the Department of Transportation Wednesday says the three vessels are on schedule to be overhauled by Vigor Alaska. But the ferry crews needed to prep and provision the ships have been sent home due to COVID19 precautions.

Travel restrictions implemented by a number of Southeast Alaska villages has also lessened demand for passenger service. But the DOT says essential grocery deliveries will continue throughout the public health crisis.


The M/V Tustumena pulls away from Kodiak in January, beginning a ferry service gap which will now run until at least mid-May. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT)


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