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City to mull Ward Cove dock forum

Daily News Staff Writer

Next week, the Ketchikan City Council will discuss setting up a public forum regarding a potential two-berth dock in Ward Cove and the city's port and uplands development plans/strategy.

This past Monday, the Ward Cove Dock Company announced plans to repurpose some/one of the old pulp mill buildings into a welcoming center and terminal for a t-shaped dock.

The company, made up of Power Systems & Supplies of Alaska and Godspeed Inc., said they were teaming with Norwegian Cruise Lines to make the project a reality.

While Trevor Shaw, administrative manager and director of government affairs for Power Systems and Supplies of Alaska said the group has a contract with NCL, the cruise company has yet to acknowledge the project publicly.

The tentative date for this forum would be at 6 p.m. on June 25 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. According to the agenda for Thursday's regular meeting of the City Council, the purpose of the forum would be to "solicit community input regarding the port of Ketchikan's plans to reconfigure waterside and uplands infrastructure to accommodate neo-panamax class cruise ship vessels and the Ward Cove Dock (Company's) plan to construct a t-shaped dock at Ward Cove."

The initial phase of construction is estimated at $50 million, according to Shaw.

In addition, the council will discuss rescheduling a meeting with the engineering design firm, Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. A meeting with the firm was canceled earlier this week when plans about the Ward Cove project became clear.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear from Bermello Ajamil & Partners about the next steps in the port development process. This includes the next steps toward soliciting proposals from the cruise ship industry for port expansion and upland improvements.

According to city documents, the tentative rescheduled date for the meeting would be at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.