Senator Stevens Pleased M/V Tustumena to Return to Service
Ferry will return to regular service on Sunday, October 20th
KODIAK-Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, says he is pleased to learn the M/V Tustumena is back in the water and will resume regular service on Monday. The 50-year-old ferry will launch from Seldovia on Sunday and reach Kodiak on Monday.
"The erratic and reduced ferry schedule this summer was extremely difficult for Kodiak and other communities along the Tustamena's route. Tourism businesses lost customers, critical revenue, and supplies," said Senator Stevens. "I am relieved to see this issue resolved and I hope it will alleviate some of the burdens it has put on our communities while the Tustamena was in dry dock."
The Tustumena went into dry dock in November 2012 for six months of work, but the return was delayed until early this summer after corrosion was found.
The delay became even longer after welds on the ship failed Coast Guard tests. After the welds were replaced, a later Coast Guard inspection found that the steel used in the project was too thin, requiring replacement.
"Tourism isn't an easy business and any disruptions in business can lead to a cold, hard winter," said Senator Stevens. "I hope this means a much better outlook for next summer."
For more information, please call Nona Dimond in Senator Stevens' Office at (907) 465-4925.