ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Friday, the Alaska Marine Highway System released a statement detailing the current state of the M/V Matanuska, the main liner that has been stuck in Juneau since late January as a result of mechanical issues. What officials hoped might be a quick fix will take longer than expected. The Matanuska will be dry docked in Ketchikan until custom parts can be received and repairs are completed.
There is no timeline on the ship’s return to service, but M/V Columbia is scheduled to take over the Matanuska's scheduled routes starting April 14th. All trips scheduled before that date are on hold indefinitely, according to the AMHS.
The only ship currently in operation is the M/V Lituya, which is the smallest ship in the fleet, carrying out shuttle services between Ketchikan and Metlakatla. The M/V Tazlina is expected to come online next month and will serve a handful of communities including: Juneau, Hoonah, Haines, Angoon and Skagway.