Columbia out of service a week for repairs


November 1, 2023

The 50-year-old state ferry Columbia has been pulled from service, with the Alaska Marine Highway System reporting repairs is expected to take a week.

The problem is in the steering system, Sam Dapcevich, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation, told the Ketchikan Daily News on Friday, Oct. 27.

“It’s going to require a fairly extensive repair that’s going to take place down in Bellingham, (Washington),” Dapcevich said.

The Columbia left Southeast Alaska on its regular southbound sailing Monday, Oct. 30, heading from Ketchikan to Bellingham, where it will park for repai...

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