The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its draft operating plan for ferry service this winter and next spring.
Due to the budget cuts in the state legislature this year, the biggest change for Kodiak will be with the ferry Kennicott, which will be laid up for over three months as a money-saving measure. The largest ship in the fleet will leave service in October until early January when it goes in for its annual overhaul.
The ferry Tustumena will alternate between three and four calls on Kodiak per week from October through late March, four-times-a -week visits to Port Lions and Ouzinkie.
The Tusty will go in for its overhaul on March 25th, and its route between Homer and Kodiak will be taken over by the Kennicott until May 7th. The ferry is too big for Port Lions and Ouzinkie, but can call on Seldovia, and will, as it travels to and from Homer.
The Marine Highway System is accepting public input on the winter schedule, and will be holding a teleconference in July to hear any concerns.