The nearly 50-year old ferry has been tied up since 2019 to save money.
Several communities in the Aleutians have been without ferry service because the Kennicott — the Tustumena’s stand-in — is too large to make it into their smaller ports.
Unalaska’s port director says attempts to eliminate the Aleutians from the AMHS route have been ongoing for about two years.
Freight shipments could be delayed until both of the town’s docks are inspected.
The positive test result of a crew member came just hours after the vessel arrived in Unalaska.
It was the first trip back in service for the ferry, it stopped at 8 communities between Homer and Unalaska.
Kodiak Island’s last ferry of the season pulled away from the dock on Saturday, Jan. 11, and there won’t be one returning until April.