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AMHS Schedules Hoonah Sailing for Memorial Service Travelers Ferry Booked to Capacity, Local Tour Company Taking Reservations

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) will sail to Hoonah Wednesday, Sept. 8, for travelers attending a memorial service to honor two police officers killed in the line of duty last weekend.

The ferry Malaspina will depart Juneau's Auke Bay terminal Wednesday morning at 10:45 a.m. arriving in Hoonah at 1:45 p.m. in time to allow participants an opportunity to arrive at the 2:30 p.m. planned ceremony. The ship is booked to capacity and AMHS is no longer taking reservations for this sailing. The Malaspina will depart Hoonah Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., returning to the Capital City at 9 p.m.

"We feel it is important to provide this additional ferry service to people who want to pay tribute to the officers and their families," said Jim Beedle, Deputy Commissioner of Marine Operations for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Allen Marine Tours has catamaran space available for travelers desiring to attend the ceremony. The company's vessel will depart Juneau at 11:30 a.m. arriving in Hoonah at 1:30 p.m. The vessel will leave Hoonah at 5 p.m., and arrive in Juneau at 7 p.m. People interested in transportation aboard the catamaran can contact Carolyn Noe at (907) 364-5250 or by email to eaglewolfe49@yahoo.com.

Walk on passengers and those with vehicles are required to check in for the special sailing two hours prior to departure.

According to AMHS Operations Manager Chuck VanKirk, AMHS crews will start boarding passengers and vehicles at 8:45 a.m.

"We need to leave on time and in order to do that with a full ferry, we need people to be at the terminal two hours in advance. We know there are a lot of folks flying in from Anchorage on the morning jet. They will need to be ticketed and boarded at the last minute, so getting folks who are here in Juneau on board and settled early is important," said VanKirk.

Parking at the Auke Bay terminal is limited, and AMHS is requesting passengers carpool.

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