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AMHS may explore selling Taku ferry

If the state's budget outlook remains unchanged, the Alaska Marine Highway System will begin investigating whether to surplus the state ferry Taku in the next six months.
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SE Conference studies ferry system structure

Although the Legislature recently found $20 million to restore the Marine Highway Fund, the Southeast Conference is proceeding with a study of how the management of the ferry system might be changed to ensure financial viability over the long term. "That extra $20 million won't last them too long," said Loren Gerhard, executive director of the private, nonprofit organization that advocates for transportation needs in the Panhandle. "I think it buys them a couple of years."
Ferry skipper suspended for grounding

The Alaska Marine Highway System captain in charge of the state ferry Kennicott when it hit a rock in Wrangell Narrows last month will have his license suspended for a month, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday. The Coast Guard determined lack of sufficient rest may have contributed to the problem, but noted Capt. Gary Anderson, 53, had an unblemished record in his 11 years with the ferry system until the June 3 incident. Capt. George Capacci, general manager of the ferry system, said Anderson's workload was not unusual for a ferry captain. The ferry system requires that captains get at least 10 hours off per 24-hour period, and at least 70 hours off per week, but there are no requirements for sleep.
Ferry system celebrates scenic byway designation

Starting this week, the Alaska Marine Highway System is celebrating its designation as a National Scenic Byway with special ceremonies, discounted fares and a roundtable discussion in Juneau.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

The state will try to improve access to Juneau and the rest of Southeast Alaska through high-speed ferries, not a road, Gov. Tony Knowles announced today.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Sen. Robin Taylor, a Wrangell Republican who has offered the legislation in past years, said the system should be insulated from the political appointment process to ensure continuity, stability and reliance upon professional maritime expertise.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

From behind the wheel of a cab, Chris Church watches the sunset and sunrise in the summer and has the chance to watch the Northern Lights perform in the winter.
Alaska Digest

...trips were very popular with Alaskans who had visiting family and friends," said Capt. John Falvey, general manager of the ferry system. "The beauty of these trips makes them a bargain at any price, but we are trying to make them affordable...
Fast ferries beat out road

And the answer is - more ferries.
Working in Juneau after dark

From behind the wheel of a cab, Chris Church watches the sunset and sunrise in the summer and has the chance to watch the Northern Lights perform in the winter.


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