By Sam Stockbridge
Ketchikan Daily News 

Ferry system reverses trend, hiring more crew than it lost


December 6, 2023

The state ferry system has hired more crew members than have left the agency over the past four months, Marine Director Craig Tornga told a public advisory board on Friday, Dec. 1, a rarity for the system which has been plagued by a net outflow of workers.

If the hiring gain continues, the Alaska Marine Highway System may be able to run both of its largest ships, the Columbia and Kennicott, next summer, which could allow for restoration of cross-Gulf routes and maybe even bringing back service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The ferry system’s proposed summer schedule is expected for...

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