M/V Columbia set to resume service July 13

Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s MV Columbia goes back into service on Friday, July 13, from Bellingham, WA, in the wake of mechanical repairs to its bow thruster engine exhaust system, state transportation officials said.

Service aboard the MV Columbia came to a temporary halt on June 29 when black smoke was observed coming from the low thruster room of the vessel after it docked at Bellingham, WA.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities also announced that service had been restored to the AMHS’s toll-free number at 1-800-642-0066.

A power outage by GCI affecting service across Alaska had temporarily disrupted the AMHS’ call center toll-free phone number, although the AMHS call center itself remained fully staffed and operational throughout the day on July 9.

State officials said they wanted to extend thanks to customers for their patience during the service outage.

AMHS can also be reached at www.FerryALaska.com. AMHS phone numbers and email addresses are online at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/contact.shtml