This meeting includes a contribution for the Sand Point Airport Project and Approval of the New Borough Administrator Contract
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Alternative Transportation Offered for AMHS Cargo Impacted by Tustumena Delay
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced today that Coastal Transportation, Inc. will assist AMHS customers impacted by the delay of the M/V Tustumena. Coastal Transportation, based in Seattle, will carry cargo on an “as able basis” from Homer and Kodiak, to Aleutian Islands destinations, at the same cost AMHS charges. Unfortunately, Coastal Transportation is prohibited from carrying passengers.
AMHS customers attempting to rebook their cargo with Coastal Transportation should let Coastal Transportation agents know they are displaced AMHS customers to ensure they receive the AMHS rate. Coastal Transportation can be reached at 1-800-544-2580 or 206-282-9979.
Last week, AMHS announced that the Tustumena was delayed at the Vigor Ketchikan Shipyard for two months. The delay was due to the discovery of additional extensive steel wastage in the engine room and necessary repairs. It is anticipated the Tustumena will return to service departing Homer at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.
AMHS staff explored several options to fill the transportation void resulting from the Tustumena delay. Safety was the highest priority, so utilizing the Tustumena was not an option. The use of another AMHS vessel was not viable without the risk of a more widespread and disruptive service outage both in terms of passenger disruption and financial consequences for individuals and for the marine highway system.
Gov. Bill Walker said, “On behalf of the Alaska Marine Highway System and impacted Alaskans, I am deeply grateful to Coastal Transportation for stepping up to help Alaskans with this vital transportation service.”
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2017
CONTACT: Meadow Bailey, (907) 451-2240, Meadow.Bailey@alaska.gov
Tustumena Return to Service Delayed
Vessel will return to service Tuesday, July 18.
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced today that the M/V Tustumena will remain at the Vigor Ketchikan Shipyard longer than previously expected. The Tustumena delay is due to the discovery and necessary repair of additional extensive steel wastage in the engine room.
A repair plan developed in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard will ensure the vessel is safe before service is resumed.
It is anticipated that the Tustumena will return to service departing Homer at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.
Originally scheduled to return to service on May 27, the Tustumena delay impacts communities in Southwest Alaska and along the Aleutian chain. The Tustumena went in for a scheduled annual overhaul on March 13.
The Tustumena is 53 years old. A replacement vessel has been designed but is awaiting funding through the pending fiscal year 2018 capital budget.
AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers. For more information, please call your local terminal or the AMHS central reservations office at 1-907-465-3941 or toll free at 1-800-642-0066. An updated schedule will be made available online at FerryAlaska.com.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, over 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
The Aleutians East Borough is looking for an Instructional Aid in Sand Point.
In This Issue:
Pre-Salmon Meeting with Lisa Fox Schedule for May 30, 2017
In this issue:
– Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Address NPFMC
– Report on NPFMC April Meeting
– South AK Peninsula Tanner Crab Exploratory Survey
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The AEBSD is having a workshop for policy revision. They are full day meetings on April 12 and 13th
The City of Sand Point is updating its Comprehensive Plan 2004 and is asking the community to be part of the process. On April 11 from 3-6PM come to the City Chambers to add your input or ideas.
School has officially been cancelled for Thursday, March 30, 2017! Enjoy the snow day and be safe!
Download Aleutians East Borough’s “Fish News” for Mar. 24, 2017 (PDF, 0.5MB)
Board of Fish Takes Action on Crab Fisheries