The state will provide interim ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan while the Inter-Island Ferry Authority repairs its fleet.
That’s according to statements Wednesday from the IFA and state Department of Transportation.
The IFA’s Prince of Wales ferry broke down last week. That left the island without a key link with Ketchikan for freight, passengers and vehicles.
In the meantime, the marine highway system’s Lituya will begin making the 72-mile round trip between Hollis and Ketchikan this week.
Priority will be given to stranded travelers. That means no new bookings until the backlog is cleared, the two agencies say.
The Lituya normally runs between Ketchikan and Metlakatla. That service will continue to run several times a week.
The IFA says the Prince of Wales ferry’s sister ship should return to service around June 11.
You can find the modified ferry schedule through this link.