Tag Archives: M/V Tustumena

DOT clarifies rules for riding ferries, including which trips require COVID-19 testing or quarantining


The following press release, which outlines testing and mask requirements for travelling on the state ferries, was received Wednesday afternoon from the Alaska Department of Transportation. We post it as received with minor editing. This is a breaking story and KMXT will have more information, and an explanation of the rules during local newscast which will be posted online later. …

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Tustumena sailings cancelled from June 27 to July 1, the ferry Kennicott set to arrive July 2 from Whittier

M/V Tustumena Sailings cancelled from June 27 to July 1 for continuing COVID-19 mitigation   The ferry Tustumena won’t be returning to Kodiak on June 28 as scheduled, because all sailings through July 1 have been cancelled for “continuing COVID-19 mitigation,” according to a state DOT press release. Service is scheduled to resume when Tustumena departs Homer for Seldovia on …

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BREAKING: Ferry riders must get COVID-19 test–and show proof of negative test before being allowed to travel

By Jacob Resneck at CoastAlaska in Juneau Passengers on Alaska’s mainline ferries are now being required to get a COVID-19 test before traveling. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced a set of new protocols Sunday it says will protect against the spread of coronavirus on its vessels. And with some exceptions, passengers 2 years and older will be required to …

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UPDATE: Tustumena schedule ‘is fluid,’ hopes to sail Saturday 13th, actual date depends on testing results

Alaska Ferry M/V Tusutmena

UPDATE:  Sailings for the M/V Tustumena are now said to be “fluid,” and while ferry officials hope to keep the original Saturday sailing, when the Tusty will actually depart Homer depends on test results. Kodiak’s local ferry office manager, Amanda Becker told KMXT on Monday evening the Tustumena will be disinfected, and then some tests will be taken to determine …

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Return of Tustumena and Kennicott delayed until mid-May

This story is by Jacob Resneck with CoastAlaska.org   Alaska Marine Highway System’s mainline service won’t be back up and running until mid-May. The ferries Columbia, Kennicott and Tustumena were scheduled to return to service later this month. A statement by the Department of Transportation Wednesday says the three vessels are on schedule to be overhauled by Vigor Alaska. But …

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Summer ferry schedule includes new pricing schedule

The Alaska Marine Highway System summer ferry schedule was released last week. Kodiak’s first arrival will be the M/V Kennicott on April 25, arriving from Homer. The M/V Tustumena will make its first trip Kodiak from Homer on May 2. This summer will see somewhat reduced service in some places. According to Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson Sam …

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M/V Tustumena makes its last run before the winter ferry service gap

Kodiak Island’s last ferry of the season pulled away from the dock on Saturday, and there won’t be one returning until April. Aging vessels in need of repairs and cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget have extended the service gap this year, making life for village residents more difficult in the meantime. M/V Tustumena crew finish last preparations …

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