The U.S. Coast Guard
has extended the deadline for the M/V
LeConte to resolve crewing issues until April 4, which will allow the
ship to continue serving the outlying villages of the northern Panhandle
during the popular Gold Medal basketball tournament.
The Coast Guard had issued an “835 directive” to the LeConte to not
allow any crewmember to work longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
The LeConte was previously given until March 31 to comply.
The Coast Guard extension will allow the LeConte to operate without
interrupting service to Southeast communities that rely on AMHS to
attend the Gold Medal basketball tournament in Juneau. The tournament
ends April 2.
Department of Transportation
and Public Facilities Commissioner Mike
Barton said the department is considering what options are feasible to
continue serving Southeast communities after the “835” directive takes
“We are working internally and with our maritime unions to evaluate all
possible options for providing continued service in a safe and efficient
manner,” Barton said. “We hope to find a solution with our unions that
ensures safe and cost effective operations and still provides the
highest level of service to the ports the LeConte serves,”