Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:01 am
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Lituya is scheduled to resume service between the communities of Ketchikan and Metlakatla March 5, according to AMHS officials.
The 181-foot Lituya, built in 2004, sustained damage to various portions of its hull after the ship broke free from its mooring in Metlakatla Jan. 30, causing the ship to ground near Scrub Island in Southeast Alaska. Responders safely refloated the ferry that same day. A small amount of fuel spilled into the water that morning when the vessel began to list as the tide dropped.
The Lituya's first sailing will be Mar. 5 when it departs Metlakatla at 8 a.m. The Lituya and its crew will set sail aboard the ship next week to conduct U.S. Coast Guard ready for sea trials.