The State of Alaska and builders of the engines for the fast ferries say they are close to settling the long-running lawsuit.
Attorneys for both sides say they have been working for the last two weeks to reach an agreement. But on Monday they asked the judge in the case not to take the trial off of the court calendar yet.
The State of Alaska alleges that the high-performance diesel engines for the ferries Fairweather and Chenega were defective. That has been disputed by the German manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen and its American subsidiary MTU Detroit Diesel, now known as Tognum America.
The lawsuit was filed three years ago next month.
Trial in the case is expected to start on April 8th.
Another court hearing on the potential settlement agreement is scheduled for Friday, March 1st.
The settlement is being described as very complex and not just payment of a lump sum to the State of Alaska. It’s also expected to define the future relationship between the State and MTU for continued maintenance and repairs of the engines.
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.
- Tom Morphet, the owner, publisher, reporter, editor and designer for the Chilkat Valley News, was certified Monday to run for Haines Borough Assembly.
- Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.
- A Canadian company conducting exploration for a potential mine about 35 miles north of Haines was recently granted permission to grow its project.