Ketchikan Daily News 

AMHS offers brief update on ops, planned improvements; Staffing, reliability continue to struggle


November 2, 2023

During a virtual public open house last Tuesday evening, Alaska Marine Highway System Marine Director Craig Tornga gave a brief update on the status of the agency's capital improvements as well as its operating challenges.

Operating challenges

"Crewing is still a big struggle for us," Tornga said.

The system operated six ferries all summer, though it had hoped it would be able to recruit enough crew to run the Kennicott as a seventh vessel. But "we have crews for about five and a half (ferries). There is a large shortage across the national maritime industry of mariners, and our greatest s...

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