Status Update: 03-26-20
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Press Release: DOT&PF and AMHS Take Action to Reduce
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
(DOT&PF) always puts the health and safety of employees first
and continues to do so in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many
DOT&PF employees are now telecommuting, and the Alaska Marine
Highway System (AMHS) has reduced shipboard crew levels at the
Ketchikan Shipyard to the minimum necessary to safely care for
assets. Please see the Press Release for
Schedule Update: MV Lituya 03-26-20 to 04-30-20
The MV Lituya schedule has been changed effective
Thursday March 26th through Thursday April 30th 2020. The vessel
will overnight in Ketchikan during this time. Please see the Gov Delivery for
Announcment: AMHS Public Notice COVID-19 Health Mandate
In the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Alaska Marine
Highway System (AMHS) is operating under the March 23rd, 2020
mandate issued by Governor Dunleavy. The mandate has been posted
in terminals and on vessels at this time. Please click
here to review the mandate.
Notification: Statement from John MacKinnon
Commissioner John MacKinnon of the Alaska Department of
Transportation & Public Facilities has issued a statement
about the departments' status regarding the COVID-19 disease.
Please see the Statement
Notification for more details.
Press Release: AMHS Announces New Boarding Process to
Avoid Disruptions in Service
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is required to immediately
report any illness of persons on board our vessels to the U.S.
Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). A new boarding process has been put in place to avoid
disruptions to service or a situation involving passengers
quarantined aboard ship. Please see the Press
Release for more details.
Press Release: AMHS Cancellation Fees Waived until April
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is waiving cancellation
fees until April 8th, 2020 and safety protocols are in place to
prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please see the Press
Release for more details.
Alaska Marine Highway System – Keeping our travelers
and employees safe
The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the main federal response
agency for maritime vessels. The United States Coast Guard has
forwarded precautionary information to vessel operators and AMHS
is working closely with both entities to ensure our methods and
materials remain consistent and current for handling new
developments related to the Covid-19 coronavirus.
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The Alaska Marine Highway System
(AMHS) uses cleaning methods and materials that are meant to
reduce the potential for acquiring communicable diseases. These
cleaning methods and materials are designed to prevent the
spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, Influenza A&B, Norovirus,
and the multitude of other communicable diseases. AMHS has
reviewed our Infection Control Plan with all vessel and shore
side employees and modified our standard operating procedures to
clean and disinfect passenger areas onboard state ferries and in
our terminal facilities more frequently to ensure passenger
Here are the multilayer cleaning
protocols AMHS has already implemented to keep travelers and
employees safe from communicable diseases:
Intensified cleaning of our terminal facilities;
- AMHS has implemented the use of Virox wipes for
cleaning high touch areas; such as ticket counter/window areas,
doors and tables. All restrooms are disinfected three times per
day and wiped down routinely throughout the day
- AMHS has implemented a NO contact policy between
employees and customers and will put more distance between
themselves and customers when providing assistance.
- Implemented sanitization protocol after handling
customer hand luggage, boxes and freight, on top of regular
- AMHS employees will no longer be handling customer
credit cards, they will request that customers read the credit
- Signage with protocol for boarding vessels is being
added to terminals and boarding areas.
Immediate steps already implemented onboard our vessels;
- All restrooms are disinfected three times per day and
wiped down routinely throughout the day.
- High touch areas such as handrails, counter tops, door
handles, drinking fountains and vending machines are sanitized
several times per day.
- AMHS has temporarily removed certain food items such
as; salad bars, self-serve and unwrapped food items from our
cafes. These items can be requested from the cook, server or
- AMHS is providing continuous training of our crew
regarding CDC advised cleaning practices.
- AMHS has updated the use of CDC recommend disinfecting
and sanitizing products.
AMHS is currently taking bookings for our summer schedule. Our
reservations call center, terminals and administrative offices
all remain open on regular business hours. Reservations for
travel can continue to be made by calling your local terminal,
our toll-free Juneau reservations call center at 1-800-642-0066,
or you can confirm reservations online at www.FerryAlaska.com.
Press Release: AMHS Summer 2020 Schedule is Open for
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) released its 2020 summer
schedule today. Please see the Press
Release for more details.
Press Release: MV Matanuska Remains Out of Service Due to
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is cancelling sailings on
the MV Matanuska through Tuesday, April 14, at which time
the MV Columbia is anticipated to assume the sailings
originally scheduled for the MV Matanuska. Please see the
Press Release or
contact your local terminal for more details.
Schedule Update: MV Kennicott 04-22-20 to 04-27-20
The MV Kennicott has cancelled service on Wednesday April
22nd and will delay service on Saturday April 25th for Homer to
Kodiak. These changes were made to provide service around Prince
William Sound on Thursday April 23rd and Friday April 24th. Please
see the Schedule Update
for more details. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel will be open
from 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM on the 23rd to accommodate the 5:00 AM