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AMHS Needs Forward Funding

By Rob Holston


October 18, 2017
Wednesday PM

I certainly agree with Rep Ortiz re forward funding….. but see a larger problem…… OVERPRICED FARES! AMHS used to be the economical way to get to the lower 48…. no longer.

Money could be well spent to hire an efficiency expert to give a complete analysis of labor and operational IN-efficiencies. With First Assistant Engineers earning over $120,000 per year and Third Engineers earning over $90,000 a year it seems a bit out of balance with professions that REQUIRE a 4 or 5 year DEGREE to even qualify at an entry level. I’m not sure what entry level workers are earning but many are working without even a high school eduction…… should they be paid as much as their Jr. Hi. teachers were paid?

Another issue is the U.S.C.G. regulations requiring all the "person power" that the AMHS is obligated to employ. This is typical of how a government agency can add layer upon layer of expense. These layers need to be identified and negotiated to a reasonable level of seaworthy preparedness without loosing necessary safety guarantees. Fewer people sufficiently cross trained to do the required duties would save money.

Perhaps all food services could be contracted out to private industry?

People actually working for the AMHS no doubt have some great ideas on how to save money……… they should be rewarded for coming forth with any cost saving measures.


Capt. Rob Holston
Ketchikan, Alaska

About: Holston has been an AMHS customer since 1981.


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Received October 15, 2017 - Published October 18, 2017

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