Things that go bump in the night: Two ferries collide in Ketchikan, damage minimal - Must Read Alaska
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Things that go bump in the night: Two ferries collide in Ketchikan, damage minimal

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Early Friday morning the M/V Kennicott collided with the M/V Hubbard while docking in Ketchikan. Alaska Marine Highway System personnel are conducting a thorough damage assessment, and initial reports describe minimal damage to the Hubbard, while the Kennicott suffered a damaged sponson and window.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the event, which occurred at 4:25 am, and an internal investigation is underway. Neither ship is currently in revenue service, and no crew members were injured during the incident, Alaska Department of Transportation reports.

The Kennicott just entered its annual overhaul period, and the Hubbard is scheduled to begin a capital improvement project to construct crew quarters during 2022. AMHS does not anticipate the damage from today’s incident will impact project timelines or return to service dates for either vessel.

The Kennicott is the workhorse of the Alaska Marine Highway and just delivered its last passengers before its Jan. 14 overhaul. It will be out of service until at least April, leaving the shrinking ferry system with one less asset to move people, cars, fish, and goods around coastal communities.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Was the First Mate Doing the docking for Capt. Hazelwood !

  • As a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran I find collisions like this disturbing. There should be at least 3 crewmembers on each vessel actively watching and communicating what they see. Several people need to receive their walking papers.

  • The captain must have been at the helm. Usually, the highest in command is the worst driver. WHY is that?

    • Doesn’t the ferry system have Driver’s Ed refresher school?

  • Was a drug test or alcohol breathalyzer test administered by the USCG (or other enforcement agency) to the person actually at the helm of the M/V Kennicott within 2 hours of the incident?

  • The bigger the road system, the less need for ferries that are old, inefficient, and an overall waste of money.
    Outsource them.

    • More toll roads!

  • How much do we pay these clowns? 30% of the ferry system ran into each other? Impressive!

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