Safety is our main priority. As a family owned and operated business in Ketchikan, Alaska, we care deeply about our guests, crew, operation and local reputation.
How We Are Safe & Different
Owners and Management monitor and adjust tour operations at any time, for any reason, including weather and do not challenge any advisories. We have clear communication with all of our staff at all times during operations.
Vessels: We use the Modern State of the Art Hydra-Terra Amphibious vehicle.
Please Note* These are not the Old Word War ll DUKW’s
- Our vessels have been engineered, designed and built specifically for tourism.
- Modernly designed Aluminum hull and Caterpillar engines.
- Revolutionary positive buoyancy foam-filled compartments.
- USCG tested for Alaska waters.
- Strict oversight by USCG.
- COI Certificate of Inspection by USCG. Yearly inspection.
USCG has also performed recent operations and vessels inspections after Missouri incident.
The design is fully patented and UNSINKABLE ; even with the drain plugs removed and the full engine room flooded! The Hydra-Terra has been a proven performer with successful operations in 16 countries around the world and remains the safest amphibious vehicle for tourism.
*Our Captains have a minimum of a 25 ton Masters license and a CDL. They hold monthly safety drills with all crew members and vehicle inspections. All captains also have VHF radios to communicate directly to the Coast Guard and other Vessels.
*All Vessels are annually inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Vessels are also serviced and inspected daily by a qualified, certified Master Mechanic.
Our Weather Policy:
Our COI (Certificate of Inspection) from the USCG on the vessels states that we shall not operate in sustained 30 kn winds and a 3-foot sea or greater.
*Alaska Amphibious Tours operates under more conservative parameters to ensure maximum safety and to avoid these conditions. AAT policy states that we do not operate in 25 kn winds and a 2 1/2 foot sea. To achieve this we have implemented the following protocol.
Daily weather monitoring via NOAA by Operations/Dispatch. Operations/Dispatch is subscribed to a weather alert system. Accuweather is set up to send forecast twice a day and special weather statements immediately.
A weather log is kept by Operations/Dispatch. Any weather warnings that predict winds stronger than 25 kn in our area of operation will trigger immediate cancellation of tours.
Weather is monitored throughout our operational window.
Captains have full authority to cancel or shorten the water portion of any tour when they observe that conditions have become unsafe due to weather when not predicted.
All tours on the water are operated by line of sight. If there is less than a 1/4 mile of visibility, tours will be canceled.
In the event of cancellation of the water portion of the tour, passengers will proceed on the land tour route.
We continually strive to please our customers and assure you that Ketchikan Duck Tour remains safe and fun.