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Transportation Chair Heralds Ketchikan Drydock Selection

Alaska Ship & Drydock wins DOT contract for AK class ferry

September 21, 2011, Wrangell, Alaska – House Majority Whip Peggy Wilson released the following statement regarding the selection of the Ketchikan shipyard’s role in building a new state fast ferry. Wilson, a Wrangell republican, chairs the Alaska House Transportation committee and has toured Alaska Ship & Drydock and Alaska Marine Highway facilities in Ketchikan.

“I am thrilled that Ketchikan’s Alaska Ship & Drydock has been selected as the construction manager and general contractor for the new Alaska-class ferry. I strongly believe that Alaskan companies and workers are capable of producing the same quality ships as companies anywhere else in the world.

I am proud of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for utilizing the new Construction Manager / General Contractor process in this situation, as they have for the construction of public buildings. The GM/GC process will give the state more control over the entire design, bid, build process, and, will help to prevent some of the unexpected surprises we’ve had in the past.

As Transportation Chair, my goal is to see the state develop a strong and effective transportation infrastructure – land, sea and air – and do it in a way that is cost effective and creates jobs for Alaskans. Because it is the state’s money going into these new ferries, I am very happy to hear that Alaska Ship & Drydock will oversee the job, and hopefully win the bid to build it. “

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