The Silver Shadow sits at Pier II. It will depart Kodiak around 6 p.m. Brianna Gibbs/Photo
Kodiak’s cruise ship season is finally underway. The Silver Shadow pulled up to the city dock this morning. The ship, operated by Silver Seas, is the first to call on Alaska’s Emerald Island this year. Last month the Holland American Line ship Volendam decided to bypass Kodiak on account of bad weather in the Gulf of Alaska.
But poor weather was no concern today, and the Silver Shadow’s 382 passengers and crew members will be able to soak up the sun and sights until the ship departs at 6 p.m.
Discover Kodiak Director Chastity Starrett said the ship is actually relatively small compared to the other eight ships that are scheduled to visit the island over the next few months. She said most of them will average about 1,400 passengers.
The next ship is due in the day after the Kodiak Crab Festival wraps up – May 27.
The newest Kodiak-centered reality series will premiere this week. “Kodiak” is a four-part series that will air on the Discovery Channel and focuses on three multi-generational families living around Kodiak’s archipelago. The new series will debut on Wednesday night.
Kodiak is in the running for “Best U.S. Island.” The online competition is hosted by USA Today Travel and pins Alaska’s Emerald Isle against 19 other islands in the U.S.
Kodiak is the only island featured from the 49th state and has some stiff competition with places like Kauai, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico making the top 20 list.
That top 20 list was chosen by panel of travel experts from USA Today. They based their selections on criteria like beauty, accessibility, variety of terrain, things to do, wildlife, local culture and popularity. Folks can vote for their favorite U.S. Island until June 2. The winners will be revealed on June 4.
Fishing vessels fuel up at Petro Marine Services’ new fuel dock in the Near Island Channel. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo
Mariners might have noticed quite a few upgrades at Petro Marine Services Kodiak facility in the Near Island Channel when it reopened last week. The fuel dock had been closed for exactly one month for something more than a simple remodel, according to plant manager Jaime Flores.
“Well instead of having tires on front we have rub rails made of HMW plastic, and the grating on top, the decking material is all recycled plastic. Just up to date, newer from the wood dock that was installed right after the tidal wave.”
Yes, THE tidal wave – or tsunami – from the Great Alaska Earthquake 49-and-a-half years ago. Flores says the old wooden dock has been built up piecemeal over the years. It used Styrofoam flotation and was attached to the shore with long, hinged support beams. That system was removed and replaced with pilings for the float itself to ride up and down with the tides.
He said the new marina can accommodate anything from a 200-foot crabber or factory longliner to three limit-seiners at a time, and even folks pulling up in small open boats. Continue reading
The Kodiak Survival Bracelet. Outdoor Elements photo
Alaska has a long history of inspiring the rest world. Books and films have been written about the Last Frontier and more recently a slew of television shows boasting tremendous success have depicted various aspects of the state. Companies have marketed products around their performance in the Alaska wilderness, and others have simply branded them with an Alaskan name. So is the case with the KODIAK bracelet. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more. Continue reading
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KMXT has learned that Boston Marathon runner Howard Valley, 64, from Kodiak is safe and uninjured according to his wife Aeran. She said Mr. Valley finished the race at 2:10 p.m. EDT (10:10 a.m. ADT), about an hour before the blasts occurred near the finish line.
We also have word that Coast Guardsman Matthew Breckel, once stationed in Kodiak, was in the race and is OK as well.