Canadian company considers Ketchikan ferry service

A tour boat company based in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is considering running a weekly ferry service to Ketchikan next summer.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the owners of West Coast Launch and its subsidiary, Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, say they are interested in making trips to Alaska next year, especially as the Alaska Marine Highway Service reduces service.

Owners Debbie and Doug Davis said at the Southeast Conference on Wednesday that as the Alaska Ferry system drops from twice-a-week service in the summer to one weekly trip for the winter, residents or Prince Rupert have been looking for alternatives to get to Alaska.

The Davis family operates seven vessels in Prince Rupert and in Kitamat, British Columbia. They would offer rides to Ketchikan on their 100-passenger catamaran.