M/V Taku Sale Extended, Minimum Bid Lowered
May 11, 2017
M/V Taku Photo courtesy
ADOT&PF is selling the vessel “As Is/Where Is” to the highest bidder. The sale process involved getting Federal Highway Administration approval since federal funding was used to maintain the vessel over its lifespan.
Built in 1963, the M/V TAKU is a state passenger/car ferry operated and maintained by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), a division of the Department. The vessel served many inside passage communities with routes primarily between Prince Rupert, BC and Skagway, Alaska until it was taken out of service on June 23, 2015.
Designed to carry 370 passengers, the M/V Taku has a vehicle deck consisting of 6 lanes totaling 1,340 linear feet. She has 6 four-berth and 32 two-berth cabins as well as two wheelchair accessible (ADA) passenger cabins. Crew accommodations include eight officer cabins and two person staterooms for the 35 other crew members.
The M/V Taku was determined to be excess to the needs of the state 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 M/V Taku was taken out of service on June 23, 2015.
Interested bidders have 21 days to submit bids, inspect the vessel if desired, and arrange financing if necessary. Sealed bids must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, on May 31, 2017.
The vessel is currently pier-side at a mooring facility located in Ward Cove, approximately seven miles north of Ketchikan, Alaska.
The complete bid package and detailed information are available on the state’s Online Public Notice website.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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