Alternative Passenger, Vehicle Service Offered for Villages Oct. 13-Nov. 16
September 27, 2005
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:
"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."
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