Landau: “The extra time we spent on it this year should take us into next year, and beyond. It’s just in great shape right now.” The Tustumena is set to leave the Ketchikan shipyard on or around Friday. The ferry is expected to make its first stop in Kodiak on Wednesday, August 16. Landau: “The Tustumena is 53-years old, and like all marine highway systems ships gets overhauled each year to make sure that it’s safe and in good operation. During that regular overhaul we found there was extensive steal wasting in engine room. So, it took awhile to replace that, and get it all fixed up.” Governor Walker: “Our small commercial boats and state ferries provide vital transportation services to Alaskans, businesses, and visitors. These bills acknowledge the effort and hard work of our ferry operators, as well as the pride Alaskans have in our Marine Highway System. I’m honored to sign them both.” Landau says the recent repairs to steel in the car deck and engine room should last until its replacement is completed in about four years. Officials are planning to schedule the Kennicott ferry in the spring to make sure island communities are taken care of, regardless of the Tustumena’s status. Marine Highway System public information officer, Aurah Landau…. Governor Bill Walker signed two bills in relation to the Marine Highway System; Senate Bill 3 reestablishes “best management” standards for the handling of waste water discharged from small commercial passenger vessels, including state ferries, while Senate Bill 33 officially names the two new Alaska Class Ferries currently under construction M/V Tazlina and M/V Hubbard. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska transportation officials say the state ferry Tustumena is ready to hit the water again after being out of commission since March.