Alaska Marine Highway
The Alaska Marine Highway, also Alaska Marine Highway System ( AMHS ) is a ferry network that is operated by the government of the U.S. state of Alaska. The ships of the Marine Highways run 32 ports without road access along the Pacific coast of Alaska, British Columbia and Washington from the eastern Aleutian Islands over Southcentral Alaska Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound to the Inside Passage. The total length of the route is 5600 km between the western terminus in Unalaska and Bellingham in Washington. Be transported passengers, freight and vehicles. The Marine Highway is part of the National Highway system. The head office is located in Juneau, with extensions in Ketchikan, Cordova and Kodiak.
The Alaska Marine Highway was founded in 1946 by Steve Homer and Ray Gelotte from Haines, which used a converted landing craft type LCT Mark 6, to which they gave the name of M / V Chilkoot for the ferry service. 1951 bought by the provincial government to the company and gave him the name 1963 Alaska Marine Highway System. In September 2005, the Federal Highway Administration, the Alaska Marine Highway explained to the All- American Road. Today, transported from the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway over 300,000 passengers and 100,000 vehicles per year.
All year run ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway system, the ports of Akutan, Angoon, Bellingham, Chenega, Chignik, Cold Bay, Cordova, False Pass, Haines, Homer, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, King Cove, Kodiak, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Port Lions, Prince Rupert, sand Point, Seldovia, Sitka, Skagway, Tatitlek, Tenakee Springs, Unalaska, Valdez, Whittier, Wrangell and Yakutat and in the summer months in addition Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park.