Tag Archives: marine highway

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Ferry system plans more fare hikes

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal. (KRBD file photo)The Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1. That’s when the new summer schedule begins.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.

Walker says Prince Rupert terminal will be rebuilt

The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. Rupert officials are in Juneau, lobbying for continued ferry service. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?

A Petersburg fishing boat passes the ferry Taku near the entrance of Wrangell Narrows in August, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News) A Petersburg fishing boat passes the ferry Taku near the entrance of Wrangell Narrows in August, 2013. The ship is tied up and will continue to be until it's sold or scrapped. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.