Ferry service delayed yet again

    The M/V Columbia.

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The COVID-19 crisis will delay the return of Alaska Marine Highway vessels, the Columbia, Kennicott and Tustumena until mid-May.

    The vessels were scheduled to leave the Ketchikan Shipyard and resume service in mid-April and early May.

    AMHS reduced shipboard crew levels on March 25 for the safety of AMHS employees and to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 at the shipyard.

    Vigor Ketchikan expects to complete the overhaul work on the vessels on time.  Crews will return to Ketchikan to provision the vessels and complete practice drills required for safety certifications before they can return to the water.

    All passengers booked for trips are being notified of the delay and rebooked or refunded.

    The AMHS also has reduced planned service to Hoonah and Angoon because of travel restrictions imposed by those communities.

    The AMHS also extended its policy to waive cancellation fees for any reservation until May 1.  To cancel or make changes to an itinerary you can contact the AMHS reservation call center at 1-800-642-0066.


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