- Listed: August 12, 2020 12:27 pm
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The Alaska DOT & PF proposed Alaska Marine Highway System operating plan for October 2020 through April 2021 is now available for PUBLIC REVIEW.
Communities & interested people can review and submit comments on the proposed operating plan through Friday, August 14th, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by fax at (907) 228-6873.
There will not be a public teleconference during the comment period. Written comments are being accepted through August 14, 2020. The draft operating plan is based on expected funding levels for fiscal year 2021. The plan is designed to meet community service needs while staying within available funding levels and maintaining regulatory and safety standards for the vessels.
The AMHS Service Notice page can be found HERE
AMHS canceled Matanuska’s August 14 northbound voyage from Bellingham and arranged independent testing for the ship’s crew. All affected passengers were notified and rebooked or refunded as necessary. Matanuska will resume scheduled service on August 21, departing from Bellingham at 6:00 p.m.
Here is a summary of ports of call & a timeline for October 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021:
Kennicott to cover Bellingham/Cross-Gulf, Prince William Sound, Homer, and Kodiak through January 6, 2021, resuming service 03/18/21. Ports of call include Bellingham, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Whittier, Cordova, Homer, and Kodiak on a two-week cycle. Note: Wrangell and Petersburg will be covered intermittently as tides permit.
Matanuska to cover Bellingham, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Sitka, and Kake beginning 02/10/21.
Lituya to cover Ketchikan & Annette Bay (except during her two-week overhaul from January 10 – January 26, 2021).
LeConte to cover Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Hoonah, Gustavus, Angoon, Pelican, Tenakee, Sitka (intermittently) & Kake (intermittently) until overhaul starts February 15, 2021, resuming service April 12, 2021.
Aurora to cover Prince William Sound beginning April 15, 2021. (The steel work that is needed to repair the M/V Aurora is currently underway; repairs are now projected to be completed by December 2020. Following the steel repairs, the vessel will need to complete her annual overhaul and COI recertification. DOT&PF/AMHS plan to have the vessel operational by April 2021.)
Tustumena to cover Homer, Kodiak Island, and the Aleutian Chain beginning 04/15/21.
No service to Prince Rupert (on hold indefinitely), Chenega Bay, Tatitlek, Valdez, Seldovia, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions. Service gap for Hoonah, Gustavus, Angoon, Pelican, and Tenakee during LeConte overhaul from February 15 through April 11, 2021. Service gap for Prince William Sound, Homer, and Kodiak beginning January 7 through mid-March during the Kennicott overhaul
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