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A Letter From the Captain

By Captain John Falvey Jr.


January 11, 2017
Wednesday PM

As we move forward into the New Year, AMHS continues to make progress on long-term Operational and Business Development projects.

The new Alaska Class Ferries gained names in 2016! Per Alaska law ferries must be named after Alaska glaciers, so AMHS, in cooperation with DOT&PF Commissioner Luiken and Governor Walker, invited 6th-12th graders to submit an essay supporting a suggested name for each of the new ferries. Thanks to Tanalian School 7th grader Malea Voran of Port Alsworth, the first vessel scheduled for delivery will be named the MV Tazlina. The second winning entry was submitted by Taylor Thompson, an Eagle River High School 10th grader, with the name MV Hubbard. Regular updates on the vessel construction progress can be found on the Our Fleet page of our website. Check out the pictures of the MV Tazlina. Her new name has now been placed on the bow marking her official identity!

Progress also continues on other long-term projects. The Tustumena Replacement Vessel has completed the design phase and we are working through the budget process to secure the remaining funds needed to begin construction. In September 2017, the Matanuska will enter Vigor Shipyard in Portland, Oregon to commence replacement of both main engines. The project is extensive and will include the replacement of many engine room systems and equipment including propellers, shafts and rudders, along with general upgrades to the ships interior and exterior. In 2016, AMHS also implemented our new reservations and manifest system, CarRes. Development continues on the new system to refine our operational procedures, which will include the implementation of self-service kiosks at select terminals.

It’s exciting to see some of these multi-year projects in the construction and implementation phase and the positive impacts they have on the organization.

The entire AMHS crew and staff look forward to serving you in the New Year!

Captain John Falvey Jr.
General Manager
Alaska Marine Highway System
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received January 09, 2017 - Published January 11, 2017




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