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AMHS to assist IFA with temporary ferry service between Ketchikan and Hollis; M/V Lituya sailings to begin October 8

Posted & Edited by MARY KAUFFMAN


October 04, 2020
Sunday PM

(SitNews) Hollis, Alaska - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has scheduled the M/V Lituya to provide temporary service between Ketchikan and Hollis on Prince of Wales (POW) Island. On September 30, the Inter-Island Ferry Authority's (IFA) M/V Stikin suffered a propulsion system failure, and the incident has left POW Island with limited options for travel and commerce. The IFA anticipates returning their vessel to service November 1.

The M/V Stikine was placed into inactive status until parts and technicians to make the necessary repairs can be secured. The M/V Prince of Wales is already inactive and awaiting repairs. The delay in repairs to the Prince of Wales is due to scheduling issues and the complexities of funding.

According to a news release from Ron Curtis IFA General Manager, the M/V Stikine would return to service on November 1st and the M/V Prince of Wales will return to service by the end of the year.

"We realize that this is a major inconvenience to our customers and supply chain partners," said Curtis.

"We understand how important the ferry link is for Ketchikan and POW residents," said Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner John MacKinnon. "I'm happy the Lituya is available to provide some relief until the IFA's ship returns to service."

The AMHS vessel Lituya will sail round-trip from Ketchikan to Hollis on Thursday, October 8, and again on Saturday, October 10. Lituya will continue providing limited service until the IFA vessel resumes service on November 1.




On the Web:

Schedules and Reservations
IFA website (or call 866-308-4848)


Source of News:

Inter-Island Ferry Authority

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