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.
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