Tag: ferry service

Last ferry leaves Ketchikan for Prince Rupert

A key transit connection between Southeast and the rest of the continent is severed — at least for now.

Leaders attempt to keep ships sailing as Alaska ferry service to Prince Rupert nears its end

The Ketchikan Daily News reported Wednesday that Alaska Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon met with Mayor Lee Brain of Prince Rupert Tuesday.

Kodiak villages brace for reduced ferry service this fall and winter

While the city of Kodiak has relatively reliable alternatives for transportation to the mainland, an upcoming gap in ferry service will pose serious difficulties for the some of the island’s outlying villages.

Photos: Aboard the Alaska state ferry before it leaves Prince William Sound for winter

The Alaska state ferry system will stop running ships in Prince William Sound for seven months this winter after lawmakers made sharp...

Marooned: Cordova braces for a winter without ferry service

Alaska’s coastal residents have long warned of dire effects if lawmakers sharply reduce ferry budgets. Now, absent an adjustment to the ferry schedule by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, those warnings could become reality.

Prince Rupert delegation to lobby to keep B.C. ferry link with Alaska

Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) traveled to British Columbia to meet with Canadian officials to find ways to salvage ferry service with Canada.

Prince Rupert ferry cancellation shocks Ketchikan community

The two communities have been linked by state ferry since 1963, and the end of the service will mean big changes for people trying to get from Southeast Alaska to the North American road system.

Alaska’s ferry system debuts a winter season with fewer trips and higher prices

Some communities will feel the effects more than others: After September, there will be no sailings at all for the Prince William Sound communities of Valdez and Cordova for six months.

Alaska’s ferry system to end service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Ferries are scheduled to call on the Canadian port city for the last time Sept. 30

Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts

Supplemental funding added by the Legislature to bolster ferry service was eliminated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Communities on Prince William Sound face a seven-month service gap under a draft winter schedule.

Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it

This summer the Alaska Marine Highway System weathered its first strike in more than 40 years. The fleet remained tied to the dock for 11 days while the state and largest ferry union worked through a federal mediator to hammer out a contract.

Petersburg ferry workers speak out on budget cuts

The ferry union strike might be over but some Petersburg ferry workers are still concerned about the state cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and other services.

State and ferry workers union reach tentative agreement

Negotiators for the state and the Inland Boatmen’s Union reached a tentative agreement late Thursday night, which could bring an end to Alaska’s ten-day-old ferry strike.

As ferry strike continues, Angoon must find alternatives

The largest union representing ferry workers went on strike in Alaska last week, after contract negotiations between the union and the state faltered. For communities that depend on the Alaska Marine Highway System, that means making some pricey choices while they wait for the strike to conclude.

Ferry workers’ strike chokes supply chain to Gustavus

ToshCo is flying milk and eggs into the town of about 450 people as an emergency measure, which will roughly double their retail prices.

State warns striking ferry workers of loss of health coverage

The state sent a letter to the more than 400 striking workers represented by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific warning employees that the state would not be paying health insurance premiums or unemployment compensation if the strike lasts past August 1.

Ferry strike disrupts travel to and from Southeast Alaska State Fair

Some visitors who arrived in Haines on the ferry before the strike began are stuck. But some regional transportation services and tour companies are trying to pick up the slack.

Alaska Marine Highway faces shutdown after ferry union goes on strike

A labor dispute involving the largest union representing state ferry workers is poised to paralyze the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Draft ferry schedule shows long gaps in service to coastal communities

The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System with long gaps in service to coastal communities across the state.

Cost-cutting will take Alaska’s flagship ferry out of service

The cash-strapped Alaska Marine Highway System plans to tie up its flagship ferry to save money. State transportation officials confirm that the M/V Columbia will not sail past Sept 4th.