Sailings of the M/V Columbia for July 6 through July 12 have been canceled due to an ongoing mechanical issue with the vessel’s bow thruster engine exhaust system, with service projected to resume from Bellingham, WA. on July 13.
Officials with the Alaska Marine Highway System said on July 3 that they have no extra vessels available to cover the canceled trips and apologized to affected passengers and ports.
The Columbia needs significant repairs that require the manufacturing of new bow thruster exhaust system components. For that work the vessel is being moved from AMHS’ Bellingham ferry terminal to Bellingham’s Fairhaven Shipyard because shipyard support is needed, and the M/V Kennecott needs to dock at the ferry terminal on July 7.
AMHS said each affected traveler would be called to cancel or reschedule their trip, and that passengers wishing to cancel reservations would receive a full refund. AMHS also uses text and email to notify those passengers who chose to share their contact information.
Service notices may be found at dot.alaska.gov/amhs/service_notices.shtml or by contacting your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.