Matanuska delayed in Ketchikan Shipyard, will be out of service until Jan. 31


Unfortunately, due to the extent of additional repairs and vendor delays on the Alaska state ferry M/V Matanuska, the ship’s expected returned to service is now Monday, Jan. 31.

Welders in the Ketchikan Shipyard worked extended hours to replace and repair damaged steel on the M/V Matanuska, a critical component in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ship serves Bellingham, Juneau, Haines and Skagway, among other communities.

The delay means that Skagway will not have ferry service from Jan. 8 through about Feb. 5. Haines is served by the Kennicott on Jan. 12, but the ship is not scheduled to call on Skagway at this time.

The delay has caused a Jan. 24 cancellation to the Matanuska sailing to Bellingham, as well. Passengers may rebook on a later sailing or seek alternative arrangements to reach their destination. AMHS reservation staff is reaching out to affected passengers to provide assistance.

AMHS is seeking alternatives for the missed sailings, including crewing the Tazlina to provide service to Northern Lynn Canal and other communities. The department will share more information on these alternative sailings as soon as possible, it said in a press release.

The M/V Matanuska is 58 years old, among the oldest vessels in the marine highway system. Steel damage is not uncommon on older ships, and must be repaired, the Alaska Marine Highway System said. Additional repairs of control systems, the waste heat boiler system, and a generator repair are needed, and vendor delays are impacting the ship’s schedule.


  1. Between the flailing and failing Alaskan state ferry system, the Covidian insanity of the Canadians who are now blocking EVERYONE who has not taken the clot shot from crossing their borders, and the ritual masking-as-dehumanization demanded by the corporate (fascistic) airlines, I guess my dream of one day seeing Haines and Skagway are dead for the foreseeable future, if not forever.

  2. Retire the Matanuska before it has a major failure at sea and kills people.
    The lawsuits will end the ferry and bankrupt the state.

    As a longtime resident of SE Alaska I can attest the ferry is slow, expensive, inefficient, and a plaything of white liberals. White liberals who desperately want to keep everyone else out of SE Alaska.

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