Alaska ferry Columbia sidelined in Ketchikan

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- The Alaska state ferry Columbia has been sidelined in Ketchikan.

State transportation officials tell the Ketchikan Daily News that the ferry's scheduled trip to Bellingham, Wash., late Wednesday and its return trip Friday were cancelled after a broken bearing in a cylinder resulted in damage to the port main engine.

Necessary replacement parts were found late Thursday.

If repairs can be made in time, officials expect the ferry to return to service Sunday. However, if they take longer, the Columbia will resume service Wednesday on its southbound run to Bellingham.

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Information from: Ketchikan Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com