The nearly 50-year old ferry has been tied up since 2019 to save money.
The Columbia made regular thousand mile runs between Bellingham, Washington, and Skagway, and takes a water sample every two minutes. But now she is tied up in Ketchikan’s south berth for the foreseeable future.
There’s confusion and disappointment at Alaska’s marine terminals after a strike shut down the state ferry system.
The Columbia is expected to resume its schedule after leaving Bellingham on July 13.
The Columbia was loading in Bellingham on Friday when ferry workers discovered the problem.