The state of Alaska has contracted with private operators to supplement passenger ferry service in Southeast Alaska. But some say chartered catamarans will only go so far in meeting the transportation needs of coastal communities.
The town of Pelican saw its first ferry in nearly nine months Wednesday afternoon. The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LeConte sailed from Juneau to Pelican and back. The trip was originally scheduled for May, but unfinished repairs and the coronavirus pandemic delayed the vessel’s sailing.