Alaska DOT searching for private charters to bridge AMHS service gap

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities submitted a Request for Interest last week for private charter services with the capacity to provide passenger travel from Auke Bay to Hoonah, Angoon, and Kake.

According to the RFI issued on Feb. 3, DOT sought a marine vessel capable of carrying at least 125 passengers from Auke Bay in Juneau to Hoonah, Angoon, and Kake for the week of Feb. 3.

In addition to the minimum capacity requirements, the RFI also required the vessel have on-board bathroom facilities.

In a separate release on Monday, DOT said it's working to identify companies that can provide service "after AMHS vessels were unexpectedly sidelined," adding that the "aging fleet of ferries requires more costly and time-consuming repairs."

DOT said its working with the private companies that responded to establish interim passenger and freight service for the Northern Panhandle "in the near future."

Meanwhile, DOT says the Matanuska is expected to resume service on March 2, and the Tazlina to follow on March 5.

Schedules are available at DOT's Alaska Marine Highway System Sailing Calendar.

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