KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted unanimously to use its $5 million shipyard development fund as a bond guarantee account to help Alaska Ship and Drydock obtain a federal contract.
Alaska Ship and Drydock, the company that operates the state-owned Ketchikan Shipyard, is unable to purchase bonding for an anticipated request for proposals for the reactivation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Fairweather.
The state has claimed $4 million in damages due to the late delivery of the state ferry Columbia and the company has lost its bonding capacity, according to the borough. The shipyard claims the late delivery after a repair contract occurred because of state actions.
Company spokesman Doug Ward said he is confident the company will prevail in its negotiations with the state.
The Assembly voted its support Monday.