Private Catamarans to Provide Ferry Service to North Lynn Canal This Month | KHNS Radio

Upper Lynn Canal faces an extended disruption to ferry service in the winter. Thus, the state has contracted with private operators for passenger catamarans until a state ship is in service.

Sailings to the Upper Lynn Canal will take place on Monday January 24 and Saturday January 29. Both days, ships are scheduled to depart Juneau at 8 a.m. bound for Haines, then call at Skagway and return to Juneau at 3:30 p.m.

The catamarans will be operated by Gold Belt, Inc., the Urban Native Society of Juneau.

Haines Ferry terminal manager Ryan Ackerman said Goldbelt ships have a 100-passenger limit.

“There are no vehicles, only passengers, and the baggage limit is 100 pounds of baggage per customer,” Ackerman said.

Tickets will be sold via the terminals as usual, but only until 4.30 p.m. the day before departure. Rides will be permitted if there is space, however, ships will not dock at state ferry terminals.

In Haines and Skagway, they will dock at small craft harbours. And in Juneau, they will dock at Statter Dock south of the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

Foot passengers can pay cash or check at the dock. Timetables are available on the sailing calendar on the Alaska Marine Highway System reservation site.

The Department of Transport had said it would activate the inactive Tazlina ferry to supplement service while its major ferries undergo annual overhauls. But a spokesperson for the agency said Monday it does not yet have a return to service date.