Petersburg Pilot -

SE communities disrupted by ferry shutdown again


February 13, 2020

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

A group of about 45 residents attended a Petersburg rally at noon on Tuesday to show their support for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Twelve other communities held similar rallies at the same time.

With the M/V Matanuska going out of service last week, ferry service via the Alaska Marine Highway has completely shut down. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Transportation, new issues have been found with the ferry's reduction gear system. The Matanuska, at the time of writing, is being towed to Ketchikan for repairs.

"AMHS is aware of travel needs for upcoming school and community tournaments in March and is exploring options for alternative service in the event Matanuska is unable to return to service as planned," the press release reads.

The ferry system is an...

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