New Ferry for Southeast Alaska . . . 05/15/2006


The InterIsland Ferry Authority started service with its newest ferry STIKINE in May 2006. See below for more details.

NEW FERRY FOR SOUTHEAST ALASKA

New Inter-Island Ferry Authority ferry STIKINE recently commenced service in Southeast Alaska . . .

The ferry snack bar provides a comfortable place for passengers to relax on their voyage . . .

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority was formed in 1997 in recognition of the need for improved transportation to island communities in southern Southeast Alaska. The Prince of Wales Island communities of Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove joined in a coalition with Wrangell and Petersburg to create the IFA, which is a public corporation organized under Alaska's Municipal Port Authority Act.

The IFA development plan includes both the Hollis-Ketchikan and Coffman Cove-Wrangell-Petersburg passenger/vehicle ferry routes. Alaska Department of Transportation support for both routes was received in 1998. Alaska's Congressional Delegation secured funding for the two planned IFA vessels. The M/V PRINCE OF WALES inaugurated daily scheduled service between Hollis-Ketchikan-Hollis in January, 2002. Twice daily service is scheduled May 26 through September 4, 2006. A sister vessel, the M/V STIKINE, has commenced round-trip service from Coffman Cove to Wrangell and Petersburg from May 18 through September 17, 2006. Service on this new "northern route" will be each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. IFA ferries connect with vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System at Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.

 

Routes of the Inter Island Ferry Authority . . .