By Ken Lewis
December 16, 2006
Fuel prices would drop if a Co-Op were started in this community!
The price of moving fuel from Point Wells, WA. to Ketchikan AK
has probably changed since I worked on Foss Tugs (late 70s) but
at that time 3 pennies a gallon covered our transporting costs.
Because Ketchikan is the first stop as the barge makes its way
to Wrang, Pete, Juneau, Sitka, I would assume our fuel prices
would be the first to drop.
When I see the barge that brings the fuels to us today, I see
a barge that is twice the capacity with more than likely the
same size crew, if not one man smaller. This tells me 3 pennies
a gallon is probably not far off, based on the million gallons
hauled. 3 million pennies equals $30K. If the tug and barge were
leased for $5K a day, this would allow for 6 days running time!
Tell me it's 6 pennies a gallon, but this Dumb-Dumb cannot understand
a 70 penny difference unless they are scooping the product out
by hand today.
Fair market value could be
stimulated by a group of groups forming a Co-Op. Dang it, those
3 big tanks were sold at the old mill auction, and the initial
cost of a tank farm would probably be the stumbling block.
Why do black helicopters always
fly overhead when I start typing?
Received December 16, 2006 - Published December 16, 2006
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