The fast-vehicle ferry Fairweather canceled its voyage to Sitka today after a mechanical problem was discovered shortly after its departure from Juneau.
Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Fairweather was not far along on its trip to Sitka when the crew detected trouble with the exhaust systems in the ship’s two starboard engines.
Woodrow says the Fairweather immediately turned around and returned to Juneau, where Alaska Marine Highway System engineers were able to get right to work on the problem.
Woodrow says repairs have been completed, and the Fairweather is expected to return to service Thursday on its regular summer run to Angoon and Sitka.
The Fairweather is one of two fast-vehicle ferries operated by the state. The 235-foot catamaran is powered by two engines in each hull. It cruises at about 35 miles per hour.
- Stuart DeWitt, Nick Davis and Joe Thompson were inducted into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame.
- On Saturday at the Juneau Lions Club 71st Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, Lion Steve Brandner was chosen as the recipient of the Walter A. Soboleff Achievement Award, the tournament’s highest honor.
- Shutting down the oil platforms will allow Hilcorp to reduce the amount of natural gas flowing in the leaking pipeline.
- The co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.