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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2019
Press Release: 19-0053
Contact: Sam Dapcevich, (907) 465-4503, sam.dapcevich@alaska.gov

AMHS M/V Tazlina to Service Parts of the Northern Panhandle

Photo: M/V Tazlina
M/V Tazlina in port

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – After weeks of effort, discussion, and negotiation, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced today that the M/V Tazlina is being brought out of layup status and will begin operating Nov. 21, 2019 to provide service to parts of the northern Panhandle through Jan. 5, 2020.

Crew for the ship are currently being called back to service, and will sail from Ketchikan to Juneau on Saturday. The ship will then dock in Juneau while preparing to return to revenue service.

This return to service is possible due to the collaboration and cooperation from the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, and The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association to facilitate scheduling of the ship and crew.

The Tazlina is being brought out of layup status to provide as much service to the northern Panhandle as regulations will allow, and will call on Haines, Skagway, Gustavus, and Hoonah. AMHS is working to resolve a dock issue in Angoon, if the issue can be resolved service will also extend to Angoon. Service to the northern Panhandle was disrupted this month due to ongoing repair needs with two aging vessels, the M/V LeConte and the M/V Aurora.

Reservations can be made at www.FerryAlaska.com, by calling the AMHS Reservations Center (M-F, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Alaska Time) at 1-800-642-0066, or by visiting or calling ferry terminals.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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