Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State of Alaska and Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific reached a tentative agreement late Thursday night on a new three-year contract. The agreement allows the Alaska Marine Highway System to begin preparations to resume ferry service to coastal communities.
According to a press release, bringing ferries back into service will take some time as AMHS moves crew and supplies back to the ships where they are docked. AMHS is resuming operations as follows:
Lituya – Will begin with KTN – ANB run at 10:45 am on Sunday, August 4.
Tazlina – Will begin with a revised schedule of JNU-HNS-JNU run at 7:00 am on Sunday, August 4.
LeConte – Will begin with JNU-GUS run at 7:00 am on Sunday, August 4.
Aurora – Will begin with a revised schedule of VDZ-WTR-CDV run at 7:30 am on Sunday, August 4.
Malaspina – Will begin with JNU – PSG run at 5:45 pm on Sunday, August 4.
Tustumena – Will begin with KOD – HOM run at 10:15 pm on Wednesday, August 7.
Columbia – Will begin with KTN – BEL run at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, August, 7.
Kennicott – Will begin with KTN – BEL run at 3:00 pm on Thursday, August 8.
This schedule is also posted at www.FerryAlaska.com.
AMHS is still refunding passengers for sailings canceled through service resumption dates. AMHS staff will never request credit card information from passengers. Refunds are automatically returned to the credit card on file.
To inquire about your refund, call the AMHS Reservations Call Center at 1-800-642-0066. The Reservations Call Center is open Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To better serve displaced passengers, the Reservations Call Center will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. Due to the high volume of calls, it may take time to connect with a customer service representative.
Passengers may also call ferry terminals if hold times are too long at the call center. AMHS appreciates your patience.