Alaska Ferry Service to Prince Rupert Ending
It looks like the end has come for Alaska Ferry stops in Prince Rupert.
A news release today from the State of Alaska says the Alaska Marine Highway System is ending service to Prince Rupert, effective October 1st.
The release says the issue revolves around border security and the ability to make arrests on Canadian soil.
It says U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring the ferry service to secure a Canadian law enforcement presence to protect its personnel in Prince Rupert while they do inspections.
It says it's worked with the City of Prince Rupert and RCMP, but neither has staff available to do the work.
Alaska Ferry service to Prince Rupert was already facing reductions this winter, due to State budget cuts.
Alaska Marine Highway System stops at Prince Rupert date back to the 1960s.