The Tazlina came into the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal from Skagway with just 2 passengers on one scheduled run during the first week of April. Last week, there were only 12 passengers. It takes a crew of 14-15 to run the Tazlina.
The two ferries that are operational are running nearly empty, prompting the Alaska Marine Highway System to reduce some of its sailings because of the low demand, as people are not traveling due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and travel restrictions.
The Tazlina will consolidate its schedule in Northern Lynn Canal, while the Lituya will have limited service between Ketchikan and Metlakatla.
Updated schedule information is available on the AMHS website.
At least three landing crafts have begun moving freight around northern Southeast Alaska to fill in the gap in recent months: Liteweight, Poundstone, and Claim Jumper. These operators are hauling freight out of the Auke Bay harbor area to smaller communities.