of course there is no really economical way to convert this 54 year old ferry to a small cruiseship but goddammit, I wished there was
Author: Laurel Andrews
It’s a sale of epic proportions: The price of the M/V Taku, an Alaska state ferry docked in Ketchikan, has been reduced by more than half.
Anyone hoping to own a ferry can now place a sealed bid on it for the low, low price of $700,000. That’s after the state found no takers at the initial $1.5 million price tag.
The state hopes the new price “will be more enticing to people that might be interested in owning a ferry,” said Meadow Bailey, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
For more than 50 years, the Taku operated as part of the Alaska Marine Highway System.
But the 352-foot-long ship designed to carry 350 passengers was deemed too costly to maintain and exceeded the needs of the ferry system, DOT wrote in a release.
The state ferry has a fleet of 11 vessels, including the Taku. Two ferries under construction will come online in 2018. A replacement for the Tustumena, another state ferry vessel, is awaiting funding from the legislature.
Before putting it out to bid, DOT approached other state agencies and local governments, offering to give them the ferry for free.
“We didn’t have any takers,” Bailey said.
So the state opened it to bidders at a minimum price of $1.5 million. The sealed bid sale opened March 11 and closed May 9.
“We did not have any bids submitted by that deadline,” Bailey said.
So the price was slashed by $800,000, and the sale has been extended until May 31.
old hull and machinery, non SOLAS, not enough cabins…just too many hurdles to give this ship another life