More water jet problems could be in store for Fairweather

The fast ferry Fairweather went back into service over the weekend following the repair of a pinhole size leak in the number 4 water jet.

Captain Mike Nuessl, the director of the Alaska Marine Highway System says they are concerned about a reoccurrence of such problems in the future.

He says there is evidence of other “erosion – corrosion” type issues in the vessel’s other water jets.

Nuessl says they will be working with the manufacturer on the cause of the problem and what can be done about it.

Similar problems have not been detected with the fleet’s other fast ferry, the Chenega.
The captain says they will definitely look more closely when the Chenega goes into its maintenance period.