Alaska ferry returns to Bellingham for first time since strike ends
After a three-week hiatus, an Alaska ferry arrived at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on Friday, Aug. 9.
The MV Columbia made its regular stop in Fairhaven at 8 a.m. and began preparations to take passengers up north. It’s the first trip since the nine-day strike ended on Aug. 2. That’s when the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and the state of Alaska reached a three-year contract agreement.
The Columbia will have seven more Friday sailings into Bellingham through September before it is expected to be docked for the winter. The MV Kennicott will continue its every-other-Saturday sailings into Bellingham through September. In October, the ferry system is expected to switch over to its winter schedule, using the MV Matanuska for the Bellingham route.