The Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which is a small regional ferry line, will fill in for the Lituya while it’s out of service.
The 418-foot flagship Columbia will be back online in November for the first time since it was sidelined to save money in 2019.
Travelers entering Alaska by land or sea from out of state are required to complete COVID-19 testing procedures and travel declaration forms, state officials said on Saturday. The requirements have already been in place for about two weeks in several Alaska airports. “We wanted to make sure we have a process for those travelers that…
Passengers on Alaska’s mainline ferries are now being required to get a COVID-19 test before traveling.
Masks and other face coverings won’t be made mandatory for passengers and crew aboard state ferries.
Service on the ferry Matanuska, the Alaska Marine Highway’s sole operating mainliner this winter, has yet to begin. Transportation officials have announced more cancellations through the middle of April, when the Columbia is expected back in service.
Aside from the ferry Lituya, which shuttles between Ketchikan and Metlakatla, the entire Alaska Marine Highway System fleet will be idle until March.
All but the Alaska Marine Highway System’s smallest ship — the shuttle ferry Lituya that runs between Ketchikan and Metlakatla — is either down for repairs or laid up to save money.
Senior state transportation officials warn that long gaps will be the new normal.