City plans to improve dock for tourists

Bollard replacement, deck repairs set for mid-March

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2004

The city plans to upgrade the deck of the Alaska Steamship dock downtown, install bollards and do other work in preparation for the 2004 cruise ship season, officials said.

An old bollard is being replaced and a new one is being added along the Alaska Steamship Dock and Cruiseship Terminal area, Port Director John Stone said. Bollards, sometimes called dolphins, are the metal posts to which ships fasten mooring lines.

The deck of the Alaska Steamship Dock is being repaired because it's too weak to hold the weight of heavy equipment, Stone said. The dock, south of the city parking garage, is safe for walking on, he added.

Bid documents will be available Jan. 27, and bids are due by Feb. 9, on which date they will be opened at 2 p.m. in the Juneau Assembly chambers.

The work may start around mid-March and be ready for the start of the cruise ship season in May.

The work is being funded by the tax of 5 cents per net ton that the cruise ship industry pays, said Drew Green, the port manager of Cruiseline Agencies of Alaska. The tax, used for port improvements, is based on the net tonnage of each ship that docks in Juneau.

The tax has generated about $500,000 in a fund that is expected to roll over into next year, Green said.

New and improved bollards will better secure cruise ships, which are being built larger nowadays compared to when the dock was built, Green said.

"This will be a lot safer and an improvement to the port," he said.

• Tara Sidor can be reached at tara.sidor@juneauempire.com.



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