The nearly 50-year old ferry has been tied up since 2019 to save money.
A Federal Highway Administration spokesperson says that the ferry terminal project is only “illustrative” at this point and is not yet eligible for federal funding.
Dynamic pricing — where seats get more expensive as sailings fill up — has been in place in the Alaska Marine Highway Service for the last two years.
The 418-foot flagship Columbia will be back online in November for the first time since it was sidelined to save money in 2019.
Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Mykyta Zakharchenko worked on container ships. Now he’s helping get the long-disused Malaspina back in order.
The state announced the $128,250 sale on Wednesday afternoon.
The town is experiencing one of its largest outbreaks of the pandemic, with upwards of 30 residents testing positive since the first week of April.
The state said Tuesday that four parties have expressed interest in the Malaspina, a mainline ferry that’s been a mainstay of the fleet since the 1960s.
A dispute over whether U.S. border guards would be allowed to carry sidearms on Canadian soil led authorities to pause sailings in 2019. Then the pandemic hit.
State officials say their preference would be for the 59-year-old vessel to remain in Alaska.