December 1, 2004

Dakota Creek to get ferry order

The Juneau Empire reports that Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, Wash., is expected to be awarded a $16.9 million contract by the Alaska Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

It is for a 198 ft ferry for the authority's Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg service that is planned to enter service in April 2006.

Dakota Creek built the authority's first ferry which began service between Ketchikan and Hollis in January 2002. "The new ferry will be similar, but with several improvements, according to IFA Northern Route Project Manager Loren Gerhard." says the Juneau Empire.

the newpaper reports that Dakota Creek was one of two companies that responded to an RFP for the ferry.

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