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Berth 3 repair contract awarded

Ketchikan Daily News

June 8, 2016

The City of Ketchikan will go with an Anchorage-based company to repair the damage to Berth 3 caused Friday by a Celebrity Cruises ship.

City Manager Karl Amylon, on Tuesday, awarded a $928,580 repair contract to Turnagain Marine Construction. Work was expected to start Tuesday, and the contract requires the facility to be repaired and usable by July 5, according to a news release from the city.

The Celebrity Infinity, when attempting to dock just before 2 p.m. Friday, scraped along part of the berth, causing one of the catwalks to break off and puncture the ship’s hull above the water line. The berth currently is unusable.

The city brought in engineers from Moffatt & Nichol to inspect Berth 3 over the weekend. Engineers assessed both the above water portion and — in conjunction with Alaska Commercial Divers — the underwater portion. Most of the damage sustained by the berth occurred above water. There’s damage to some of the piles and to the floating barge, and the ramps became dislodged, according to Amylon.

The city solicited proposals from Pool Engineering Inc. and Turnagain Marine Construction, Amylon said Monday afternoon.

The Ketchikan Municipal Code, in certain situations, allows the city to award a contract without putting it out to bid.

The section of code cited in the release reads, in part, that: “Purchases of or contracts for public improvements may be awarded without notice and without competitive bidding or proposals … when the public improvements are required on an emergency basis; provided, however, that to the extent practical under the conditions of the emergency, the council shall declare the emergency.

The Ketchikan City Council likely will vote to declare the situation a public emergency at its June 16 meeting.

The cost won’t be something that the city will have to absorb, according to Amylon.

City Finance Director Bob Newell, who also is the city’s risk management specialist, said Monday afternoon that the city’s insurance company will cover the repair costs and also submit a claim to the cruise line’s insurance company for the repairs.

While Berth 3 is unusable, ships scheduled to dock there will have to either anchor in the Tongass Narrows or dock at another berth, if possible.

Where the ships send their passengers while anchored in the narrows will be subject to review by Port and Harbors Department staff, Moffatt & Nichols and Turnagain, according to Amylon.

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