M/V Taku is Sold to Dubai Company
January 22, 2018
“The sale is bittersweet for Alaska. The Taku is a beloved ship and it’s hard to see her go. At the same time, we’re glad to have the sale process completed and have earned a good value for the state,” said Captain John Falvey, Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager.
The Taku was determined to be in excess of state needs for ferry vessels and outside the realm of what the state can afford to maintain and operate in passenger service with available funding. The vessel was constructed in 1963 and faithfully operated as a part of the Alaska Marine Highway System for over 50 years. The Taku was taken out of service on June 23, 2015.
The Taku is currently at a mooring facility in Ward Cove in Ketchikan, Alaska. Ownership has been transferred, and per agreement the new owner will be responsible for the docking fees beginning February 19, 2018.
According to requirements of the Federal Highway Administration which has funded some of the Taku's repairs and upgrades over the years, a percentage of the net receipts from the sale must be used for federally eligible purposes or projects in Alaska.
The purchasing company, Jabal Al Lawz Trading Est, buys ships to refurbish for use in other countries or to sell for scrap. Back in December of 2017, the state has approved the high bid of KeyMar LLC for $300,000 to purchase the surplus ferry and turn it into a floating hotel in Portland, Oregon. That deal fell through when the bidder backed out. The state then offered the ferry to the second and third highest bidders - one was the Dubai-based company.
"The Taku carried tens of thousands of travelers over the decade and entire generations grew up with the ferry. If people have stories or photos of working or traveling on the Taku, we'd love to hear and see them. We invite people to send memories of the Taku to AMHS via email to firstname.lastname@example.org," added Falvey.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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