Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Transportation on the North Coast 2019 -- BC Ferries/Alaska Ferries and other Marine Transportation






Our quick reference and archive of items pertaining to BC Ferries, Lax Kw'alaams Ferry and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

BC Ferries website
Alaska Ferries website
Lax Kw'alaams Ferry schedule
North Co Corp Ferry (info) (schedule)
Prince Rupert Airport Ferry schedule

Transportation Safety Board of Canada Deployment Notices

2019 BC Ferries Items

August

August 22 -- Early Departure for Northern Adventure as next storm approaches  NCR
August 20 -- Northern Adventure holds in Skidegate; Tuesday BC Ferries sailing delayed 12 hours  NCR
August 18 -- Paperwork and the head count kept the Northern Adventure in port in Prince Rupert an additional two hours today  NCR
August 15 --  BC Ferries hails strong financial results in first quarter  NCR
August 9 -- BC Ferries outlines passenger wish lists from recent engagement project  NCR

July

July 27 -- Central Coast vessel responds to float plane crash
July 26 -- BC Ferries and BC Ferry Authority to host public meeting in August  NCR
July 1 -- Uncivil passage ... BC Ferries Workers are calling for action on abuse from customers  NCR

June

June 4 -- BC Ferries' new ship a nightmare reno of surprises and expenses
June 4 -- Great Bear Rainforest just a ferry ride away as route reinstated
June 4 -- Northern Sea Wolf officially introduced into service with BC Ferries  NCR
June 3 -- Community celebrates arrival of Northern Sea Wolf

May

May 23 -- Sailings filling up on Northern Sea Wolf
May 17 -- Northerners exempt from new BC Ferries fuel surcharge
May 14 -- New ferry to BC's central coast sets sail, a year late and $20M over budget
May 7 --  Northern Sea Wolf on tour this week  NCR



April

April 23 -- New ferry ready to start making northern trips
April 12 -- MLA Rice celebrates debate on Coastal Ferries Act Amendments at Legislature  NCR
April 4 -- With new amendments, BC government looks to "enshrine public interest" in ferry service model  NCR
April 3 -- BC Ferries Commissioner seeks public input on proposed Ferry fare increases for 2020-2024  NCR
April 1 -- Ferry Fare Caps for BC Ferries (video)
April 1 -- BC Ferries Commissioner seeking input on proposed rate increase


March

March 29 -- BC Ferries Northern routes to see service increases as of April 1st  NCR
March 28 -- CCCTA looking forward to Northern Sea Wolf setting sail on new route
March 28 -- Additional ferry sailings to Prince Rupert scheduled to start April 8
March 28 -- Northern routes delayed as ferry service expansions hit on April 1st 
March 13 -- BC Ferries launches survey to gather public input on how to improve vessels
March 12 -- BC Ferries launches engagement on new major vessels  (BC Ferries statement)

February

February 22 -- BC Ferries: Service cuts to be reversed in wake of ferry review
February 22 -- BC Government reverses course on ferry cuts, hold fares
February 22 -- Provincial Government to return BC Ferries sailings removed in 2014 (video)
February 22 -- BC Ferries to add trips to routes cut back in 2014, but some want further reforms
February 22 -- More sailings coming to Haida Gwaii
February 22 -- Northern residents rejoice at increased BC Ferries sailings
February 22 -- MLA Jennifer Rice calls restoration of 10 BC Ferries routes amazing news for the entire North Coast  (audio)
February 22 -- BC Government to increase service on BC Ferries coastal routes  NCR
February 22 -- BC Ferries releases third quarter results  (BC Ferries statement)
February 22 -- BC Ferries President and CEO issues statement regarding review of coastal ferry services    (BC Ferries statement)
February 15 -- New tutorial available for mariners to help protect whales in BC waters (BC Ferries statement)
 February 4 -- BC Ferries altering schedule in light of All Native Basketball tournament
February 4 -- BC Ferries increases sailing options for All Native Tournament period  NCR
February 3 -- BC Ferries to alter schedule for All Native Tournament

January

January 30 -- BC Ferries CEO expects tourism uptick, improved service for North Coast and Haida Gwaii (audio)
January 30 -- BC Ferries' president on LNG and northern routes
January 28 -- New Board Appointment and Reelections (BC Ferries statement)
January 24 -- Back on a regular schedule, BC Ferries adds a sailing next week for Haida Gwaii; while calls for better service continue to be heard NCR 
January 21 -- BC Ferries cancels Monday's Northern Expedition sailing owing to advancing weather on North Coast  NCR
January 18 -- Ferry connecting Port Hardy and Bella Coola expected to sail this summer
January 18 -- Another schedule change ahead for BC Ferries, as pacific front churns towards Hecate Strait   NCR
January 17 -- Bad weather delays next Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii ferry
January 15 -- December windstorms led to record ferry cancellations
January 10 -- BC Ferries cancels Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii trip due to extreme winds
January 9 -- No Haida Gwaii/Prince Rupert ferry this Thursday
January 9 -- BC Ferries cancels Thursday sailing in anticipation of approaching weather system; revises schedule for Monday departure NCR
January 4 -- BC Ferries asking for public input



2019 Lax Kw'alaams Ferry / Metlakatla / North Co-op Ferry items

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2019 Alaska Marine Highway Items




August

August 5 -- Alaska ferry schedule set to get 'back to normal' later this week, DOT says
August 5 -- Petersburg ferry workers speak out on budget cuts
August 5 -- Alaska ferries resume sailing after striking workers ratify new contract
August 3 -- Alaska ferry workers union and state reach tentative contract deal; service is set to resume Sunday
August 2 -- Alaska ferry union reachers deal with state, bringing potential service back to Prince Rupert
August 2 -- State and ferry workers union reach tentative agreement
August 2 -- Ferry union reaches deal with state, bringing potential end to strike
August 2 -- Sailings set to resume as AMHS and Inlandboatmen's Union reach tentative agreement  NCR
August 1 -- Ferry work stoppages stretch to seventh day
August 1 -- When it comes to compensation for stranded travellers, AMHS says Sorry but ...  NCR

July

July 31 -- Loss of winter ferry service 'unacceptable" to coastal communities
July 30 -- AMHS announces more sailing cancellations for August as strike continues on NCR
July 29 -- Metlakatla copes with ferry system strike
July 29 -- Ferry workers' strike chokes supply chain to Gustavus
July 29 -- As ferry strike continues, Angoon must find alternatives
July 29 -- "We want to go back to work': Ferry strike ongoing
July 29 -- Alaska Ferry workers strike continues into 6th day with union, state 'working through' issues
July 27 -- US Federal Mediator called in to try to resolve AMHS strike  NCR
July 26 -- Travellers on both sides of the A/B line caught up in the middle of labour dispute at Alaska Marine Highway System  NCR
July 26 -- Ferry Strike disrupts travel to and from Southeast Alaska State Fair
July 25 -- Stranded family impacted by ferry strike
July 25 -- Alaska Ferries remain docked as strike over union contract endures
July 24 -- IBU strike shuts down Alaska Ferries
July 24 -- AMHS vessels to tie up following coastal wide strike action  NCR
July 24 -- Mayor Brain hopes to arrange for stakeholder meeting on range of Alaska Marine Highway issues   NCR
July 23 -- Alaska Ferries risk shutdown over strike threat
July 16 -- Draft Schedule would see AMHS take Prince Rupert off the destination map for portion of winter again  NCR

June

June 27 -- More challenges ahead for the Alaska Marine Highway Service  NCR
June 24 -- Cost cutting will take Alaska's flagship ferry out of service
June 13 -- Ferry cuts in Legislature budget are heavy, but could have been worse

May

May 20 -- Alaska Ferry service may have to pay armed RCMP at Prince Rupert Terminal
May 20 -- Security concerns the latest item of note for the fate of Alaska Ferry Terminal in Prince Rupert  NCR
May 17 -- Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open (audio)
May 17 -- Legislators approve $46M for Alaska Ferries to avert fall shutdown
May 16 -- Mayor Brain to update community on status of Alaska Ferry plans in weeks to come  NCR
May 15 -- Skagway looks into developing a local ferry authority
May 10 -- Aboard the long-awaited Alaska Class Ferry Tazlina
May 10 -- Columbia back in service, but repairs are temporary
May 8 -- Engine trouble leaves state ferry Columbia awaiting repairs in Juneau
May 6 -- Big parts of Gov. Dunleavy's agenda remain unfinished. But he still has time, tools at his disposal
May 3 -- Dunleavy administration dismisses Alaska Ferries chief

April

April 15 -- State ferry reshaping study stalls as coastal lawmakers remain skeptical
April 8 -- Alaskans pushing back on Governors plans for Ferry Service  NCR
April 5 -- Governor Dunleavy plans Ketchikan visit
April 4 -- Alaska's fast ferries are being prepped for sale
April 3 -- Aboard Alaska's endangered ferries, passengers fear a 'giant step back in time'

March

March 29 -- Resolution opposing governor's budget approved by all local elected bodies
March 29 -- Most Dunleavy budget cuts face legal, political obstacles
March 28 -- Rural residents testify against state budget cuts
March 27 -- Opposition strong in Dunleavy Budget testimony in Bethel
March 22 -- Some Juneau residents willing to pay income tax, give up PFD to help state
March 21 -- Ferry supporters rally as DOT ponies up $250,000 for privatization study 
March 21 -- Uncertain future for Alaska Ferry terminal in Prince Rupert
March 22 -- Alaska DOT & PF issues RFP for AMHS Economic Reshaping consultant
March 20 -- Invest in Alaska by investing in ferry system
March 20 -- Rally seeks to keep state ferry service afloat
March 20 -- AMHS renews its search for a consultant to reduce state spending on the system
March 20 -- Deadline extended for proposals for governor's ferry study after only one applies
March 19 -- They might really do it this time
March 19 -- Ferry system is an Alaska icon
March 18 -- Record number of Alaskans testify in support of Alaska Marine Highway System
March 13 -- Public testimony overwhelmingly opposed to AMHS cuts
March 13 -- Follow reform recommendations to save ferry system
March 13 -- Alaska state ferry supporters come out in force
March 12 -- House committee flooded with calls supporting ferry system
March 11 -- Senate finance co-chairs announce multi-year 'step down' approach to budget cuts
March 11 -- Republican senators concerned with scale of proposed budget cuts
March 11 -- The end of Alaska's marine highway? Budget cuts threaten ferry system
March 11 -- Legislature to hear public testimony on ferry system and PFD
March 9 -- Ferry workers rally to save Alaska-Bellingham route
March 8 -- Another AMHS study not needed says group behind comprehensive 2016 study
March 8 -- Ketchikan assembly to vote on state budget resolution
March 8 -- Most rail against proposed state spending cuts at Petersburg meeting
March 7 -- Study for ferry system's future moving on 'aggressive' timeline
March 7 -- Lawmakers want to know more about economic impact of state budget proposal
March 4 -- Whittier residents brace for Dunleavy budget's ferry cuts
March 2 -- Bellingham concerned by proposed cuts to Alaska ferries budget
March 1 -- Alaska's cherished ferry system is on the chopping block as oil revenues decline

February

February 28 -- Unions prep to push back agains proposed ferry cuts
February 27 -- IFA's state subsidy also cut in governor's proposed budget
February 27 -- JKT urges Sitkans to join override battle against governor's 'apocalyptic' budget
February 26 -- Dunleavy says budget is 'within the hands' of Legislature, people of Alaska 
February 26 -- Alaska Marine Highway Service subject of Review to determine its future  NCR
February 25 -- Southeast Alaskans worried about deep cuts proposed for state ferry system
February 25 -- Unions push against proposed cuts to Alaska ferry system
February 22 -- Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future
February 22 -- Ketchikan chamber audience opposes big cuts to state services
February 21 -- Local governments condemn governor's budget amid frustration at lack of new revenues
February 13 -- Southeast reacts to governor's proposed ferry cuts
February 6 -- House holds meeting on Alaska's struggling ferry system

January

January 19 -- AMHS announces another cahnge to Alaska Class Ferry rollout
January 7 -- Alaska Marine Highway System remains in holding pattern on new terminal dock for Prince Rupert  NCR

Archive of items from 2018 can be found here
Archive of items from 2017 can be found here
Archive of items from 2016 can be found here.
Archive of items from 2015 can be found here  
Archive of items from 2014 can be found here
Archive of items from 2013 and 2012 can be found here.


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