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Cargo ship sets sail for Alaska after delay

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Published January 29, 2016

After a two-week delay, Tote Maritime Alaska's cargo ship the North Star has finally set sail from Tacoma, bound for Anchorage.

The company said in a press release on Friday that the ship successfully completed sea trials before departing at 7 a.m. Friday morning, and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Monday.

On Jan. 14, the ship was supposed to leave Tacoma, but a mechanical issue kept it docked there. Some grocery stores in Alaska ran low on certain items as a result.

One of the ship's transformers had to be replaced, said Grace Greene, vice president and general manager for Tote Maritime Alaska. She did not have more details about the mechanical problem.

Tote originally thought the repairs would be finished earlier this week, and that she ship would sail on its scheduled Wednesday departure.

The North Star is one of two Tote Maritime Alaska cargo ships that regularly transport groceries and other goods between Tacoma and Anchorage, the other being the Midnight Sun.

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