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AMHS to Remedy Tustumena's Mechanical Malfunction, DOT&PF Expects Delay in Ship's Schedule

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) crews are trying to resolve a mechanical problem aboard the ferry Tustumena today which has temporarily sidelined the 45-year-old ship in Homer.

The ship experienced an unspecified vehicle lift malfunction Sunday night while offloading in Seldovia. Currently, the ship and its crew remain in Homer awaiting a U.S. Coast Guard inspector's approval for sailing.

It's not yet clear when the ship's repairs will be concluded or when the ship will return to full service, but the AMHS doesn't expect a lengthy ship's delay.

Updated sailing information will be posted to the AMHS schedule change Web site at: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/schedule_changes.shtml .

The AMHS employees more than 1,000 Alaskans with 11 ships serving 32 coast communities along the Alaska coastline, British Columbia and Washington State.

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