M/V Tustumena Delayed….Again!

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Programs

Tustumena Return to Service Further Delayed
Extensive damaged steel on the vessel, more repair work is needed. Vessel is expected to return to service August 15.

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced today that more wasted steel was discovered in the engine room of the M/V Tustumena and repairs will require additional time at the Vigor Ketchikan Shipyard.

The Tustumena went in for its scheduled annual overhaul on March 13 and was originally scheduled to return to service on May 27. In early May, damaged steel was discovered in the engine room and the Tustumena’s return to service was initially pushed back to July 18. With this recent discovery of additional wasted steel, AMHS anticipates United States Coast Guard approval for the Tustumena’s return to service departing Homer at 5 p.m., Monday, August 15.

This delay impacts communities in Southwest Alaska and along the Aleutian chain. Usually, there are 10 trips scheduled along the Aleutian chain each year. Because of these delays, there will now be three remaining trips this year, with the first chain trip commencing on August 22.

The Tustumena is 53-years-old. A replacement vessel has been designed, but is awaiting construction funding in 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.

Coastal Transportation, based in Seattle, continues to be an option for AMHS customers impacted by the Tustumena delay. Coastal Transportation can accommodate vehicles on an as-able basis, at the same cost as AMHS, transporting from Homer to Kodiak and to Aleutian destinations. Coastal Transportation can be reached at 1-800-544-2580 or 1-206-282-9979.

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.”

AUDIO: Newscast for May 31th, 2017 – State Legislature Flirts with a Government Shutdown

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Newscast

In This Episode:

– Continuing the Look at Aleut Internment and It’s Impact Today
– The State Legislature Flirts with a Government Shutdown

Download the KSDP Newscast for May 31th, 2017 (mp3, 1.32 MB, 6 minutes)

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AUDIO: Pre-Season Salmon Stakeholder Fish and Game Meeting – May 30th, 2017

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News, KSDP Programs

Download the Pre-Season Salmon Stakeholder Fish and Game Meeting for May 30th, 2017 (mp3, 11.3 MB, 60 minutes)

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KSDP June 2, 2017 Board Meeting

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Agendas, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, CPB Compliancy, Station Documents

Download the June 2, 2017 Agenda Here

Meeting will be held at 5:30pm at the KSDP Business Office in Sand Point. Meeting is Open to the Public.

Aleutia Members Meeting 2017!

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News

AUDIO: Newscast for May 25th, 2017 – City of Sand Point Budget, Stellar Sea Lion Feeding Habbits and Aleut Internment Camps!

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Newscast

Credit:
Vladimir Burkanov/NOAA

On this Newscast:

– The Sand Point City Budget
– Science on How Stellar Sealions Hunt for Food
– Remembering Funter Bay Internment Camps

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AUDIO: Newscast for May 24th, 2017 – Trumps Budget and Alaska, The State Tackles Opioids and More

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Newscast

On this Newscast:

– The Hunt for Underwater Munitions in Unalaska and Kodiak Begins
– The House of Representatives Pass Measures to Address Medical Opioid Prescriptions
– 3 Impacts from President Drumpfs’ Budget for Alaska

Download the KSDP Newscast for May 24th, 2017 (mp3, 2.03 MB, 9 minutes)

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AUDIO: Newscast for May 22th, 2017 – Coastal Transportation Helps the Ferry System and More!

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

On this Newscast:

– Pen Air Answers Questions on Spotty Service
– Coastal Transportation To Aid With Tustemina Delay
– Senator Dan Sullivan Answers Questions During Recess

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AEB In The Loop: May 19, 2017

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, In The Loop - newsletter, KSDP Programs

Go read or download the most recent In The Loop from the Aleutians East Borough!

View and Download the PDF Here!

In This Issue:

· AEBSD Board President Tiffany Jackson Participates in Alaska’s Education Challenge Committee Meeting Kickoff
· AEBSD Student Athletes Shine at Native Youth Olympics
· Borough Administrator Rick Gifford Retires After More than Three Decades of Service in Local Government
· Anne Bailey Takes the Helm as AEB Borough Administrator
· Sand Point Organizes Citywide Cleanup
· City Cleanup Prize List…. Pages 13 – 15.
· Sand Point’s F/V Destination Ticket Raffle & Sweaters

AEBSD Board Meeting: May 24, 2017

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: AEB School District, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

ADF&G Sand Point Immature Test Fishery Bid

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News

ADF&G Salmon Stakeholder Meeting: May 30, 2017

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News

Aleutians East Borough Assembly Meeting: May 11, 2017

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

This meeting includes a contribution for the Sand Point Airport Project and Approval of the New Borough Administrator Contract

Download the AEBSD Meeting from April 20th, 2017 (mp3, 8.38 MB, 35 minutes)

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Alternative Shipping for Tustamena Cargo!

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Programs, Press Releases

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.”

M/V Tustumena Sailings Delayed: Expected Sailing, July 18, 2017

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Programs, Press Releases

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.”