The Inter-Island Ferry Stikine in Hollis in August 2022. (Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority will take over for the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Lituya on Friday and Saturday, while the boat continues to be sidelined due to mechanical issues. 

The ferry authority and Metlakatla’s tribe both announced the plan on Thursday afternoon.

The IFA boat will leave Ketchikan at 11:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, arriving in Metlakatla at 12:15 p.m. The boat will leave again, bound for Ketchikan, at 12:30 p.m., arriving at 1:15 p.m.

Vehicle line-up is 45 minutes before the boat’s departure. IFA service to Prince of Wales Island is unaffected by the move.

The Lituya did not make either of the two planned runs to Annette Bay on Thursday, according to Metlakatla Indian Community. It’s been experiencing mechanical issues since Monday, when it canceled its last run of the day.

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