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Skagway dock options eyed
Engineers have developed five options for a new floating dock for Skagway, with costs rang- ing from $18 million to $26.5 million. White Pass and Yukon Route, which owns Skagway’s docks, is leading the work. KPFF Consulting developed the scenarios and cost estimates. Al- ternatives range from a lighter floating dock to a heavier, concrete floating unit that would handle heavier loads. A steel floating dock is another option, although it would require more mainte- nance, KPFF said. White Pass and Yukon Route is now owned by Carnival, an operator of cruise lines. The new dock is intended to enhance Skagway’s capability to accommodate larger cruise vessels that are being deployed in Alaska.
An issue yet to be dealt with is the submarine contamination in Skagway’s port left from years of ore loading at an ore terminal at Skagway. That facility is now owned by the state’s Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and is operated by a contractor. An unresolved issue is who would pay for cleanup of the con- tamination, which may be needed before federal permits can be issued for port redevelopment.
It is uncertain whether this would affect the planned floating docks, however.

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