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Farewell Cordova

By Marina Briggs Dear Editor, The time has come to say farewell to the beautiful town and great big state that has been our home for...

State enters negotiations to sell Malaspina

The state has started negotiations to sell the Malaspina to a company owned by a business that operates a new multimillion-dollar cruise ship terminal at Ward Cove in Ketchikan.

Ferry system still short of hiring target for summer schedule

Alaska ferry system and Department of Transportation officials plan to gather this week in Ketchikan to consider options for fulfilling the advertised summer schedule amid a continuing shortage of onboard crew.

State asks if anyone wants to buy the Malaspina

The Alaska Department of Transportation is asking anyone interested in taking ownership of the nearly 60-year-old Malaspina to speak up by March 7. The state has been spending about $75,000 a month to keep the unused ferry moored and insured at Ward Cove in Ketchikan for more than two years.

House speaker questions ferry system’s hiring expectations

State Transportation Department officials last week told legislators the ferry system needed to quickly hire at least 166 new crew in order to meet minimum staffing levels for this summer’s schedule starting in May.

Ferry system may reconsider charging more when ships are fuller

State ferry management said they are working to be more responsive to community and passenger concerns, including reconsidering the use of “dynamic pricing,” where...

AMHS seeks licensed, documented mariners

Alaska Marine Highway System officials say they are continuing to struggle with crew shortages, and that both Washington State and British Columbia ferries are experiencing the same challenges, with a nationwide dearth of licensed and documented mariners.

Coastal legislators dislike governor’s spending plan for ferries

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate, coastal legislators don’t like that the governor wants to use one-time federal money to pay the bills, eliminating almost 95% of state funding.

State contracts for private ferry operator ‘as needed’

The Alaska Department of Transportation is contracting with Allen Marine to run one of its vessels “as needed” between Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg this winter, though no runs are scheduled and any operations likely would depend on whether the state ferry Matanuska finally comes out of winter overhaul as now expected on Jan. 31.

Two ferries collide in Ketchikan

U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating the Jan. 14 collision of the M/V Kennicott with the M/V Hubbard during the docking of the Kennicott at Ketchikan.
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