|Back in Business at Fairview Bay!|
The State of Alaska has hailed the return of AMHS Ferry
service between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan
The numbers are in: 83 passengers and 39 passengers arrived at the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal in Prince Rupert aboard the MV Matanuska on Monday night, the 11:15PM docking marking the first journey for the Alaska Ferry service since the fall of 2019.
The return trip to Ketchikan saw 107 passengers and 55 vehicles embark for Alaska from Fairview Bay in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The stats package coming from the State of Alaska which has hailed the return of the service today in an information update.
"I'm pleased to announce that, through our department's efforts, and our partnerships with the Canadian government, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we are sailing to Prince Rupert again. Prince Rupert is a valuable mainland link for Alaska, and we intend to keep it open for travelers in the years to come." -- Commissioner Ryan Anderson, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).
We made note of the much anticipated return yesterday with a look at the transit planned for the MV Matanuska as part of the resumption of service. The return bringing some additional visitors to the community in anticipation of the sailing north.
The information update from the State today also charts some of the history of the suspension of the service and measures now in place that brought about its return, as well as glimpse towards future plans.A 2019 Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport (LRMA) agreement, between the U.S. and Canada requires that the Prince Rupert terminal become a preclearance facility, making it the first marine preclearance port in the nation.