KODIAK — Old Harbor is in the process of becoming a ferry stop on the Alaska Marine Highway System’s schedule, although the date of its first service is still not known.
“Servicing as many communities as possible is what the Alaska Marine Highway System is about,” marine highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said. “They are ready to receive service and we’re looking into it.”
The details are still being worked out, but Woodrow anticipates Old Harbor will receive service from the Tustumena, the same ferry that goes from Port Lions to Kodiak. That route will add Ouzinkie this summer.
“It’ll probably make some sort of triangle,” Woodrow said.
Old Harbor Mayor Rick Berns said the dock is ready to go.
Old Harbor spent about $7 million on the new dock, which opened last fall, Berns said.
The old dock had been in place since the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and was in desperate need of upgrades.
“The primary reason for it was to receive fuel service,” Berns said. “The secondary reason was community leadership trying to get infrastructure set up for growth.”
Having ferry service to Old Harbor gives residents a new link to the outside.
“People can get supplies out of Anchorage and can make a bulk trip to communities,” Berns said. “We put in our request for service, and we’ve been told that we’ll probably only have one or two stops a year.”
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