Story last updated at 11/4/2009 - 12:22 pm
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferries LeConte and Fairweather returned to service last week following regularly scheduled overhauls.
The Fairweather, a 235-foot catamaran type vessel, was slated to return to the fleet beginning Oct. 29, when the ship sailed round trip between Juneau and Haines, while the LeConte began sailing again Nov. 1.
Dry dock inspections were conducted on the fast vehicle ferry while the ship remained in Ketchikan. It also underwent inspections and repairs to its bow thrusters and jets. Several upgrades were also completed to the ship's navigational and safety equipment.
Crews finalized a $790,000 overhaul to the LeConte. Those upgrades included dry-docking for regulatory compliance inspections, various improvements in the ship's navigational and safety equipment, life saving gear and general machinery.