A crowd gathered as tugs pulled the fast ferries Fairweather and Chenega from Ketchikan’s Ward Cove out to a waiting transport ship.
The catamarans — Fairweather and Chenega — were recently sold for about $5 million to a Spanish ferry company and are being shipped via the Panama Canal.
The bill, written by Kodiak Republican House Speaker Louise Stutes, unanimously passed both the House and Senate.
Diminished ferry schedules prevented Lego League clubs in the Upper Lynn Canal from traveling to a Juneau robotics qualifier.
Alaska’s largest ferry will be down for repairs longer than expected. Another ship will fill in, but it’s smaller and some travelers will have to make other arrangements.
The Columbia, Alaska Marine Highway System’s largest ferry, will soon head to a Portland, Ore., shipyard for propeller repairs.
The Alaska Marine Highway System made it through one step in the legislative budget process without further cuts. But those could come later.
Department of Transportation officials are now considering large fare increases for commercial customers, those moving trucks and container vans via ferry.
Prince Rupert leaders are in Juneau this week to lobby for continued connections with Southeast Alaska.
Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel on Thursday yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored. And, it made additional cuts.