Celebrating 50 years
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As with any organization that has endured a half century of service, our 50th Anniversary didn't pass without some rogue waves.
Regrettably, some of our communities have been without service due to the delayed MV Tustumena shipyard overhaul and the mechanical failure at the Whittier dock. Fortunately, as we conclude the year those two projects have been completed and service has resumed. We would like to thank all involved in bringing these projects to completion and thank the communities affected by these challenges for their patience and understanding. We are pleased to be able to once again provide service to all 35 port communities within the system.
Although our Golden Anniversary has been in the shadow of these challenges, we have had plenty of occasions to celebrate.
- Throughout the year we commemorated our 50th Anniversary in 15 port communities.
- Press from across the country provided incredible coverage.
- Our Facebook page exceeded 50,000 likes.
- We hosted contests and gave away Golden Tickets.
- A comprehensive history of the system that includes newspaper articles, stories, and photographs was unveiled.
The Alaska Marine Highway System looks forward to future improvements and continued success for many years to come. We are well on our way to building two new Day Boat Alaska Class Ferries and have started the process to design a MV Tustumena replacement vessel. In addition, we are also moving forward with new terminal infrastructure in Haines, Skagway, Kodiak, and Prince Rupert.
Overall the 50th Anniversary was a great success, but it would not have been possible without the support of shoreside and terminal employees, vessel crews, and the communities we service. We are grateful for the support that Alaskans and visitors have shown us throughout the years, and thank all who were involved in making the celebration of 50 years of service such a success.
Captain John Falvey
Alaska Marine Highway System
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the Alaska Marine Highway System hosted a Song Contest for a chance to win a Golden Ticket, worth up to $500 of passenger travel anywhere the ferry goes. To enter the contest, participants had to write, perform and record an original song and then upload a video. There were two categories for entries: Simple Performance and Music Video. Each entry could be a soloist or a group, performed a cappella or plugged in. Each original song had to be themed around the Alaska Marine Highway System, and the video with the most "likes" won. The entries were accepted starting 8:00am AST September 9, 2013 and ended at 5:00pm AST November 15, 2013. Voting began at 8:00am AST on November 18th, 2013 and ended at 5:00pm on November 29th, 2013. Click here to view the winning videos.
- Effective January 1st, 2014, AMHS will no longer accept foreign currency
- MV Columbia Repower Project
- The Whittier Ramp has been repaired and ferry service resumed as of Nov. 21, 2013
- Watching Alaska Pass by, Traveling by Jet, Van, Ferry, Foot and Paddle by Alaska Dispatch
- The 2014 Summer Schedule is now available
- 50th Anniversary community event galleries are now available
- Day Boat Alaska Class Ferry
- Our community events page lists special events in our 35 port communities.
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The MV Lituya has an additional sailing for Tuesday December 10th and Thursday December 12th. The vessel will remain in Ketchikan following the additional sailing on Tuesday through Thursday morning due to forecasted high winds. Please see the schedule change for additional details or call our Reservation Center at 1-800-642-0066.
The MV Aurora will remain in Valdez from February 10th to February 15th, 2014 for scheduled maintenance. Also, the vessel has an added sailing to Whittier on February 16th, 2014 and will return to the published schedule as of February 17th, 2014. Please see the schedule change for additional details or call our Reservation Center at 1-800-642-0066.