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The state of Alaska is reinvesting in our aging ferries and port side facilities; however, that reinvestment will take time. Right now, AMHS' focus is to provide service to our coastal communities through safe, reliable ships, qualified staff, and contracted service when appropriate.
Communities: A breakdown of the communities served by AMHS is online.
Schedule: The AMHS Sailing Calendar is online and currently goes out to September 2022.
Contracting: AMHS believes that the best service is provided by our regular employees sailing one of our vessels. However, we will pursue creative solutions to serve our coastal communities, including extending other AMHS vessel schedules or contracting private vessels to fill service gaps.
The collective bargaining agreements for the three maritime unions (IBU, MEBA, and MMP) are available on the DOA Personnel and Labor Relations website.
A high-level summary of the AMHS fleet is online with links to each vessel. Mainline vessels are our largest ships and typically take more than one day to travel between start and end ports, that provide road access. Day boats connect smaller communities with each other or with the mainline vessel routes and shuttle ferries are a sub-class of the day boat ferries. Live vessel tracking, via GPS, is available.
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AMHS vessels currently visit thirty-seven coastal communities with 43 port facilities. The ownership and configuration of the facilities vary widely; they include state and foreign-owned ferry terminals, city-owned freight wharves, and privately owned fish processing docks. The above-water components of each facility must be inspected biennially, and underwater parts are inspected every five years. Not all vessels can dock at every port.