March 25, 2006
The Coast Guard had issued an "835 directive" to the LeConte to not allow any crewmember to work longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period. The LeConte was previously given until March 31 to comply.
The Coast Guard extension will allow the LeConte to operate without interrupting service to Southeast communities that rely on AMHS to attend the Gold Medal basketball tournament in Juneau. The tournament ends April 2.
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Mike Barton said the department is considering what options are feasible to continue serving Southeast communities after the "835" directive takes effect.
"We are working internally and with our maritime unions to evaluate all possible options for providing continued service in a safe and efficient manner," Barton said. "We hope to find a solution with our unions that ensures safe and cost effective operations and still provides the highest level of service to the ports the LeConte serves,"
Those who have reserved tickets
for a LeConte sailing beyond April 3 should confirm their reservations
at (800) 642-0066. AMHS reservations staff will also attempt
to contact passengers whose travel plans may be rescheduled due
to the Coast Guard directive. Customers can receive updated schedule
information at http://www.ferryalaska.com
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