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M/V LeConte in Yard for Annual Maintenance Period
Alternative Passenger, Vehicle Service Offered for Villages Oct. 13-Nov. 16


September 27, 2005
Tuesday PM

The Alaska Marine Highway System Tuesday released its schedule of alternative service to outlying villages in the northern Panhandle for the five weeks the M/V LeConte will be in the Ketchikan shipyard for annual overhaul and maintenance. Bookings on the schedule may be made starting Wednesday, September 28 at any AMHS terminal, through central reservations by telephone or in person, or through the AMHS website, Reservations are required for both foot passengers and vehicles to guarantee space.

Passenger service between the small communities of Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, and Tenakee and the commercial hubs of Juneau, Sitka, and Petersburg will be provided by Alaska Catamaran, LLC, operating the M/V St. Aquilina. The M/V Lite Weight, operated by Sea Level Transport, LLC, will provide vehicle service between Juneau and Angoon on Fridays and Sundays, while vehicle service to and from Kake and Hoonah will be provided by the M/V Taku.

The Lite Weight will use the Angoon ferry terminal, but in Juneau will arrive and depart at the Auke Bay boat launch. The St. Aquilina will use alternative docks in all communities, as follows:

Sitka - Crescent Harbor visitor's dock
Angoon - Float plane dock
Hoonah - City Harbor transient float
Tenakee - Wings of Alaska float plane dock
Juneau - Auke Bay Statter Harbor facility
Kake - Kake Tribal fuel dock
Petersburg - South Harbor float access ramp

"We are grateful that these two private sector contracts are now allowed under provisions of the three labor contracts that cover our ferry workers, because it allows us to continue to provide service while the LeConte is in the yard," said Robin Taylor, DOT&PF deputy commissioner for marine transportation. "This type of alternative service is exactly the need we identified during negotiations, and the labor contracts now give us the flexibility the ferry system has to have if we are to provide reasonably cost effective service to the outlying communities when regular AMHS vessels are not available."


Service Schedule

Source of News & Schedule:

Alaska Marine Highway System



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