The New Year brings new enhancements for the Alaska Marine Highway. We’re working to advance our ferries and systems to make it easier for you, the traveler. We’re creating efficiencies onboard with a new Point of Sale and MenuLink system that keeps track of inventory and will create standardized menus across the fleet. We are also revamping our reservation system. It will be state-of-the-art, user friendly, and provide greater flexibility, while also providing self-service options for customers. Travelers should expect to see improvements to the booking process over the next year.

We’re also making advancements in our vessel construction. The contract to build two Alaska Class ferries has been signed and the two vessels will be built at Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan. The keels were laid just last month. The ferries are scheduled for delivery in the spring and fall of 2018. For additional information about this project, visit the Alaska Class Ferry Project page on our website.

Meanwhile, the process of designing the MV Tustumena replacement vessel is underway. The Tustumena is one of two ocean class vessels in the fleet and is the only one capable of serving all 13 ports of call between Homer and Unalaska. For additional information about this project, visit the Tustumena Replacement Project page on our website.

We are looking forward to another year of providing safe, reliable and efficient transportation for Alaskans and visitors to our great state.

Happy New Year!
Captain John Falvey, Jr.
General Manager