The Alaska Ferry MV Columbia will be stuck at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at least another week as crews do extended repairs.
A bow thruster broke last Friday as the ferry was approaching the Bellingham dock, Alaska Marine Highway System spokeswoman Aurah Landau told Alaska Public Media earlier this week.
On its website, the Alaska Department of Transportation noted it was canceling the Jan. 26 sailing and is planning to resume service on Feb. 2. Staff are contacting affected passengers to help adjust travel plans, according to a news release. In a phone interview, Landau said around 180 passengers were impacted. She said the repair work should be completed by early next week.
A bow thruster is used to maneuver the ferry, particularly as it docks. The 418-foot ferry was built in 1974 and can carry up to 499 passengers, according to the AMHS.
Alaska Public Media reports that while the Columbia is down for repairs, the 235-foot MV LeConte is the only state ferry operating in Southeast Alaska this week.