Day Boat ACF Design Study Report FAQ

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held two comment periods after the release of project documents to the public. The first comment period held from March 1st to the 29th was in regards to the Draft Design Concept Report. This report contains information on the past, present and future of the project as of February 25th, 2013. Frequently asked questions related to this document have been summarized and provided below.

Will the car deck be open?

What will happen to the schedule when the crew works longer than 12 hours due to inclement weather?

Without crew quarters where will the crew live and how will the crew meet the work/rest requirements when the operating day goes over 12 hours?

Can these boats be used anywhere else in the system, other than Lynn Canal?

What kind of food will there be available onboard the ferries?

What kind of restrictions will there be on unaccompanied vehicles and freight vans?

Was this the same style of vessel that sank in Europe due to the bow leaking?

Will these vessels be capable of handling the traffic demands of Northern Lynn Canal?

How are these ferries designed to properly handle the rough waters of Northern Lynn Canal?

Will a crew the size of 9 be able to safely look after 300 passengers in the event of an onboard emergency?

What kind of space is planned for students to do homework and business travelers to work at a table with their laptop, etc.?

Will there be accommodations for travelers with medical conditions?

Will there be a designated area for families with small children, such as a play area?

What kind of amenities will these vessels have in comparison to the existing fleet?

Day Boat ACF Design Concept Report FAQ

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held two comment periods after the release of project documents to the public. The second comment period held from July 15th to August 30th was in regards to the Preliminary Design Study Report. This report contains information on the design portion of this project as of July 10th, 2013. Frequently asked questions related to this document have been summarized and provided below.

Why did the Alaska Class Ferry design suddenly change?

Where will the new Day Boat Alaska Class Ferry operate?

Why is the operation schedule limited to 12 hours?

Is it possible to add additional crew members so that the Day Boat ACF could operate a longer schedule, for example 14-16 hours?

Why build two identical ferries if one is only going to run between Haines and Skagway?

Will operation of the Day Boat ACF require ferry terminal modification and/or additions?

How is it possible to build two 280 foot ferries for less than the cost of one 350 foot ferry?

What is the purpose of the bow door and how will this vessel design be safe while operating in the severe weather of Alaska's waterways?

Why isn't the department designing a vessel that will fit all AMHS terminals?

Operating two ferries instead of one sounds like an added expense to the overall operating budget for AMHS, how does this compare to the operating costs of the previous Alaska Class Ferry design?

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