Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced they awarded an $18.7 million contract with an Alaska construction company, Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies, LCC to "revitalize" its Ketchikan port facility.
The construction will include a new office building, floating pier, updated power and water systems, and more. Construction is expecting to end in late 2022.
Both Governor Dunleavy and Alaska US Senator Dan Sullivan have celebrated the announcement. Dunleavy said the new port will allow the hydrographic ship, Fairweather, to return to its homeport for the first time since 2008. He said as tensions rise in the Arctic, "The move to permanently base the Fairweather in Alaska, as the late Ted Stevens advocated for years ago, is a long overdue step toward defending the national interest," said Gov. Dunleavy in a release about the news.