Pact reached with Catamaran to service Angoon, Tenakee, Pelican

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Alaska Marine Highway System will begin making stops Thursday in Southeast ports that have been inaccessible by ferry since the LeConte's May 10 grounding.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Tuesday it reached an agreement with Alaska Catamaran, a division of Allen Marine, to provide passenger-only service to Angoon, Tenakee Springs and Pelican, three communities without ferry service since the grounding.

The LeConte, which had been the Southeast's smallest ferry, also served Hoonah and Kake. Last week, the state added the Hoonah and Kake stops to the Taku's schedule.

The Taku will continue to provide vehicle and passenger service to those communities - once a week in each direction - through June 8, state transportation officials said Tuesday.

The Taku is too big to serve Angoon, Tenakee Springs and Pelican.

For the next 30 days, those three communities will be included in catamaran service between Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Hoonah, Pelican and Juneau.

Vehicle ferry service out of Angoon also is being explored, transportation officials said.

For schedule information, people can call the marine highway toll-free at 1-800-642-0066. Schedules and other information area available via the Internet at www.FerryAlaska.com.



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