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Commissioner Selects Ketchikan Shipyard to Finish Design, Submit Initial Bid for New Alaska Class Ferry

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2011                                                                No. 11-2554

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken announced that Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), the operator of the state-owned Ketchikan Shipyard, was selected as the construction manager/general contractor for the new Alaska Class Ferry.

ASD will work with ADOT&PF to finish the design of the ship along with Elliott Bay Design Group, the state’s architect and engineering contractor. Once the design is complete, ASD will be given the first opportunity to negotiate a contract for construction of the vessel.

"By participating in the design, ASD will have thorough knowledge of the vessel and what it will take to construct it,” Commissioner Luiken said. “ASD can then submit a bid to build the vessel. This puts ASD in a partnership with the state, an arrangement that should limit costly change orders and cost overruns. The new process fulfills our responsibility to maximize the value of public funds while providing an opportunity for economic development and jobs in Alaska. .”

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