The return to service of the Alaska State Ferry M/V Tustumena has been delayed again. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week that the Tustumena will not return to service until July 23. Repair and renovations started last November at the Seward Ship’s Drydock, and the Tustumena originally was to return to service on April 17. Because of unexpected steel work and other repairs, that was delayed until May 29 and then delayed again until July 7. In the latest delay, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities agreed with the shipyard to extend the project timeline. Scheduled sailings have been canceled through July 22.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that the Tustumena’s return to service date is further postponed, as this delay affects numerous communities, residents and businesses across Alaska,” said AMHS general manager, Capt. John Falvey.
The M/V Kennicott has been providing limited sailings between Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak. An updated schedule is available online at FerryAlaska.com.
For more information, please call local terminasl or the AMHS central reservations office at (907) 465-3941 or toll free at (800) 642-0066.