Fairweather ends sailing, repairs expected soon

The FVF Fairweather. (Photo courtesy Alaska Marine Highway System)

The fast ferry Fairweather ended its Sitka sailing today (Wednesday) due to problems with its automated engineering system.

The ship left Juneau for Sitka in the morning, but turned around before entering Sergius Narrows, which can have strong currents. It returned to Juneau for repairs.

The ferry’s engine room is un-staffed, and the equipment is controlled and monitored via computer. Ferry chief Mike Neussl says the problem is with that system, not the engines.

He expects the Fairweather to be ready in time for its Thursday sailing to and from Sitka.

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