There will be no ferry service between Alaska and Prince Rupert for over two months this winter.
The Alaska Marine Highway System says the MV Malaspina which normally services the route needs repairs to its propeller hubs and extensive steel replacement.
Because of limited shipyard space, the vessel won’t be returning to service until late spring.
AMHS says service to Prince Rupert will resume at the end of February as the ferry Kennicott returns to cover for the Malaspina.
“We know this is a big impact to communities who rely on ferries for passenger travel and cargo shipments. We rescheduled service to maximize port calls with available vessels and to offer communities full service for spring events like Gold Medal,” says Captain John Falvey, Alaska Marine Highway General Manager. “We’re disappointed and trying to make the best of it for passengers.”
An updated schedule will be made available online at FerryAlaska.com.