08/19/13 - 7:31pm
Prolonged repairs to the M/V Tustumena have made for a challenging travel summer in the southwestern communities the state ferry typically serves.
One of the Alaska Marine Highway System’s oldest vessels, the 49-year-old Tustumena has been dry-docked at Seward Ship’s Drydock Inc. just outside of the city since last November. The ship is undergoing capital improvement repairs paid for by federal highway funds.
“We’re hopeful (the Tustumena) will be back on-line by October, that’s why we cancelled sailings through September,” AMHS spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said.