JUNEAU (AP) A traditional naming ceremony for the Alaska Marine Highway's first fast ferry has been scheduled for Alaska Day, Oct. 18.
Ferry system general manager, Captain George Capacci said major welding on the hull of the vessel, to be named the Fairweather, is nearing completion at a Bridgeport, Conn. shipyard. Derecktor Shipyards also is completing the internal outfitting.
Alaska First Lady Nancy Murkowski will attend the naming ceremony to act as the vessel's sponsor.
The Fairweather was originally designated for the run between Juneau and Sitka. Murkowski administration officials are considering using it in Lynn Canal between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.
Following its outfitting and sea trials, the Fairweather is to be put into service early next year.
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