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Public Announcements

Inter-Island Ferry Authority Announces Important Changes to Fall Sailings and Docking Procedures

During the period of October 1 – November 7th, the IFA will be navigating changes due to the construction improvements taking place at Berth 3 in Ketchikan, where we usually dock. As a result, we will temporarily be unable to utilize this dock for our operations. We will be relocating our docking operations to the Main Berth, with the skilled crew from the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) assisting in managing the lines. Passengers are advised that these changes will require alterations in the boarding and loading procedures.

  • Dock relocation to AMHS Main Berth due to Berth 3 construction.
  • Drivers must be able to drive their vehicles in reverse.
  • Max vehicle length: 35 feet; no doubles will be allowed.
  • Boarding times remain the same.
  • Unaccompanied Vehicles must be able to move on their own.
  • Vehicle staging will be moved to the North Side of the Ketchikan Terminal building.
  • Tickets will still be picked up from IFA Agents.

When the M/V Columbia is docked at the Main Berth for 7 days, sailings will be suspended. These dates include October 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30, and November 6, 2023.
We have updated our systems and website to reflect these changes accurately. Passengers who have booked with us are urged to review their bookings.

For inquiries, additional information, or assistance, passengers and the public are encouraged to contact the IFA directly.

We extend our gratitude to our customers and community for your continued support.

Inter-Island Ferry Authority Announces FY2024 Veteran’s Travel Grant Renewal

We are thrilled to announce that the Highly Rural Travel Grant for Veterans Traveling for Healthcare has been awarded to the State of Alaska once again! We are honored to continue offering this vital service to our veteran community.
Starting September 15th, we’ll be accepting walk-on fares under this grant. Please note that vehicle transport will be temporarily unavailable, but we’ll keep you updated as the year progresses regarding when vehicles will be allowed again.
For Veterans traveling with an escort, make sure to obtain a reauthorization form from Forrest Powell, our dedicated Grant Administrator, at 907-334-0872 or [email protected]. Because this is a new grant cycle, all of the FY2023 Escort Authorizations have expired. Please be sure to talk to Forrest to get those renewed before travel!
It’s a privilege for us to provide this essential service to our veterans, and we can’t wait to welcome you all aboard soon. 🚢 Thank you for your service!