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Old 04-08-2018, 04:19 PM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Story is here: MV Kennicott delays could see passengers stranded in Homer for weeks

Ferry passengers and their vehicles may be stranded in Homer for two weeks or longer after electrical problems shut down the MV Kennicott in Kodiak. Aurah Landau, a spokesperson for the Alaska Marine Highway System in the area, says the elevator used to get vehicles on and off the Kennicott broke down and the computer processor was fried.
The delay lasted for 33 hours as experts were brought in to fix the problem.
The ship is now up and running but the knock on effects have been disastrous for passengers stuck in Homer.
Landau says she doesn’t have a ballpark figure for how many people are impacted by the delays but says they are especially damaging for fisherman and construction workers as they ship cargo to Kodiak. “The entire fishing season can rely on the ferries running on time.”
She described that “people are mobilizing their operations out of Homer and out of the Kenai Peninsula” and callers to Channel 2 News say the delays could cost them thousands of dollars.
An automated message played by the Homer ferry terminal said the Alaska Marine Highway system “cancelled the sailing that was scheduled to depart Homer at 2:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7.”
The Sunday sailing was fully booked for vehicles and the next trip to Kodiak is scheduled for April 21. Landau describes that sailing is almost full itself — meaning the backlog of passengers may be further delayed in Homer.
Landau says the Alaska Marine Highway system saw a $29 million dollar funding cut from FY13 to the present day and two ships removed from the fleet. The loss means the system is “not very flexible dealing with weather or mechanical failures.”
The MV Tustumena that also services the area is currently in a scheduled annual maintenance and unavailable to help.
When asked whether a special service could be run for the backlog of passengers, Landau said it would cost around $80,000 just in payments for the crew.
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