Alaska Marine Highway

New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service

Ferries Tazlina and Hubbard to be used on longer routes than originally planned.

The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Fast ferry Fairweather faces foggy future

Even though it’s only 14 years old, the fast ferry Fairweather is laying up for the season and its future is uncertain.

The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Support the ‘ocean road’ to Southeast

Access to Juneau and Southeast Alaska has been an issue for a long time. We need good, inexpensive, reliable access to and from our communities.… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Ferry passengers stranded without toilets

A pair of generators broke down on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V LeConte Thursday afternoon, stranding 52 passengers on board without working toilets and… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Ferry passengers stranded without toilets

A pair of generators broke down on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V LeConte Thursday afternoon, stranding 52 passengers on board without working toilets and… Continue reading

Former mayor of Unalaska is new boss of Alaska ferry system

Gov. Bill Walker has named a former Unalaska mayor to head the Alaska Marine Highway System. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature passes bill to avert shutdown of Medicaid, ferries

The Alaska Legislature on Friday morning approved a stopgap spending plan that keeps the Alaska Marine Highway System operating and the state’s Medicaid program working.… Continue reading

Bill to fund Alaska Marine Highway System nears House vote

For the first time in six years, the Alaska Legislature has put a portion of the state’s budget, including funding for the Alaska Marine Highway… Continue reading

‘Bittersweet for Alaska’: Beloved ferry Taku just sold to a Dubai company

The state of Alaska has sold the ferry Taku, 55 years after the ship became one of the first in the state’s fleet. On Friday… Continue reading

Alaska-class ferry misses goal: Parts to be built Outside

As Alaska struggles to solve a multibillion-dollar annual deficit, it seems like a distant dream: A state, flush with cash, spending $120 million to build… Continue reading

To fix ferry system, Southeast Conference looks to railroad as a model

HAINES — Southeast Alaska leaders believe they have a solution to some of the problems plaguing the Alaska Marine Highway System: Run it like a… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature’s mistake may shut down state ferry system

HAINES — A legislative mistake may mean a spring shutdown of the Alaska Marine Highway. Pat Pitney, director of the Alaska Office of Management and… Continue reading

State confirms sale of Taku

The state has confirmed it will sell the ferry Taku to a developer who intends to turn it into a floating hotel in Portland. Jonathan… Continue reading

Ferry Taku may be bound for Portland and become a hipster

The ferry Taku may soon become a Portland hotel. On Friday, Jonathan Cohen of Portland, Oregon was the high bidder when the Alaska Department of… Continue reading

Conference will consider future of Alaska Marine Highway System

Some of the top tribal, state and municipal and business leaders in Southeast will gather in Haines this week for a conference that may decide… Continue reading

Boats defeat landslide

No one was injured and no homes were significantly damaged in a major landslide Monday in Sitka. The trouble was with the ferry. About 12:30… Continue reading

Trump’s transportation plans may cause trouble for Marine Highway

The design is ready. The money’s in the bank. Now, what does President Donald Trump think? In a meeting with the state Marine Transportation Advisory… Continue reading