Ferry sidelined after bow thruster broke down
Sailings of the 'Columbia' were cancelled this week
Sailings of the 'Columbia' were cancelled this week. The vessel remained in Bellingham, Washington, with a broken bow thruster. When the ferry was approaching the dock in Bellingham last week the damage occurred. The vessel was able to dock in Bellingham on Jan 19, 2018, despite losing the propulsion. A team of technicians has been on board since and hoped to finish repairs by the end of the week. If repairs are successful, the 'Columbia' would next head north from Bellingham on Jan. 26 with service to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The 'LeConte' remained as the only ferry operating in Southeast Alaska this week. It makes stops in some communities in the northern panhandle.