Seward looks at upgrading ship dock

Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008

SEWARD - Seward is considering an upgrade to the dock used by cruise ships visiting the city on Prince William Sound.

The measure before the Kenai Peninsula Borough would provide Seward with hundreds of thousands of dollars in Commercial Passenger Vessel excise taxes.

The city would use the money to improve port security and fire protection for cruise ships.

Seward City Manager Phillip Oates said the upgrade will improve the emergency response to cruise sips and their passengers.

Two years ago, voters approved taxing travel aboard cruise ships docking at Alaska ports, which the Legislature followed with laws determining how those revenues could be shared.

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