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Alaska congressional delegation wants big cruise ships to bypass Canada again

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Congress and President Joe Biden successfully salvaged a shortened season for large cruise ships in Alaska last summer with a one-year reprieve from the Passenger Ship Services Act.

The treaty requires large foreign-flagged cruise ships to dock in Canada before arriving in Alaska from Bas-48.

Canada has not allowed these vessels into its waters since the pandemic began in 2020.

The Alaska congressional delegation wants another one-year waiver in case Canada closes its ports again.

The senses. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, along with Congressman Don Young introduced the bills in their respective chambers.

“Alaska’s economy and our communities should not be at the mercy of decisions made by the Canadian government and I will do whatever is necessary to ensure prosperity for Alaskans,” Murkowski said in a statement. press release issued by the delegation.

The bills cover 59 major foreign-flagged cruise ships.

“Put simply, we need a banner year for visitors in 2022,” Sullivan said in the same statement. “Alaskans can no longer rely on the goodwill and common sense of our Canadian neighbors, who let us down last year.”

President Biden signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act on May 24, 2021, which allowed these large cruise ships to bypass Canadian ports en route to Alaska last summer.

The Alaska congressional delegation led efforts to pass the bills in less than two weeks.

“As the cruise industry and Canadian authorities continue their conversations and progress has been made, formal legislation is a necessary insurance policy to protect Alaskan livelihoods,” Young said.

The three lawmakers want Congress to pass a similar measure to ensure Alaska gets its first full season of large cruise ships since 2019.

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