Tuesday, October 31, 2017

AMHS releases draft schedule for Summer 2018 season

The MV Malaspina will call on Prince Rupert twice a week in the summer
of 2018 should the Draft Schedule for the AMHS be approved

Transit North to Alaska will be much the same when the high tourism season of the summer of 2018 comes around, with the Alaska Marine Highway indicating that there will be little change to service out of Prince Rupert next year.

The AMHS has released their draft schedule for the summer of 2018 and as current funding stands, the service will continue to host two departures/arrivals out of Fairview per week next summer.

Should the draft schedule be approved, and no further financial surprises come for the Alaska Ferry system, the Prince Rupert Terminal will see AMHS vessels in port on Tuesday's and Fridays. The service will return to its once a week sailings in the fall.

In the information release from yesterday, the Government of Alaska notes that the draft schedule is composed based on the expected funding for the fiscal year of 2019.

Of note for Prince Rupert and travellers that pass through the city on their way to Alaska is a section of the Vessel deployment listings for the MV Malaspina which travels from Prince Rupert to Ketchikan and points north.

That ferry will service the Southeast Alaska route until September when it will be going into a refit program for a vessel overhaul.

The AMHS operating plan has been designed to meet community service needs, while staying within available funding levels and maintaining regulatory and safety standards for their vessels.

Community leaders and members of the public with comments related to the draft schedule have until November 10th to deliver their opinions to the Alaska Government.

The full information release and associated documents can be reviewed here.

See our archive page for more items related to transportation on the North Coast, including news about the Alaska Marine Highway Service.

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