By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

State awaits report, cost estimate on repairing Matanuska


The Alaska Marine Highway System is waiting for the prognosis after a full-body scan of the state ferry Matanuska, looking for rusted steel — the equivalent of a cancer scan of the 61-year-old ship.

The Matanuska has been out of service for 18 months after it went into the shop for its annual winter overhaul, only to find a lot more “wasted” (rusted) steel in its hull, decking and other areas of the ship than expected.

That prompted the scan, which has been completed. Marine architects are working up a cost estimate, said Craig Tornga, marine director at the ferry system. The estimate is expec...

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