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Tustumena expected to return to Kodiak today
by Daily Mirror Staff
Oct 21, 2013 | 208 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tustumena is seen at Seward Ship's Drydock on Jan. 8, 2013 after having its exterior paint stripped away.
(Wolfgang Kurtz/Seward Phoenix LOG)
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tustumena is seen at Seward Ship's Drydock on Jan. 8, 2013 after having its exterior paint stripped away. (Wolfgang Kurtz/Seward Phoenix LOG)
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If all goes as planned, the Tustumena will arrive at City Pier 1 this afternoon.

On Thursday, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow said the likelihood that the ferry will be in Kodiak looked good.

“We are optimistic that it will be sailing,” he said in a message. “We haven’t sent out any formal release in case something does come up because there have been a lot of unexpected events with the Tustumena this last year.”

The Tustumena entered the Seward Ship’s Drydock in November for scheduled maintenance work that was expected to take six months.

During the repairs, the state learned the Tustumena also had extensive deterioration to the ship’s steel. Repeated delays pushed the return date to October.

While the Tustumena was out of service, Kodiak was forced to rely on the Kennicott, which also makes runs to Washington state. The Kennicott is scheduled to go out of service for its regular maintenance work on Oct. 20.

Woodrow said the Tustumena is expected to arrive in Kodiak around noon today.

Contact the Mirror at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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October 26, 2013
So...did the Tusty sail or not?
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