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Ketchikan is among Alaska's top three cruise destinations. It has four berths but can handle just one megaship at a time

Ketchikan seeks proposals for cruise infrastructure expansion

The city of Ketchikan, Alaska, is seeking proposals from qualified entities for the redevelopment of Berths I, II and III at the port, the adjacent uplands and other improvements.

These will be outlined in a Request for Proposals for Contract No. 19-36, to be released Oct. 21.

The RFP will be available here.

More than 1.2m cruisers this year

Ketchikan, which handled more than 1.2m passengers in 2019, has become one of Alaska’s top three cruise ports. The city has been studying how to pay for a cruise dock expansion for some time. There are four docks but only one megaship can be handled at a time.

Meanwhile, there are plans for a privately funded cruise facility at nearby Ward Cove.

RFP's scope

The scope of the RFP will include marine works to expand berth capacity, improvements to the uplands within the project area to improve the passenger experience, transportation solutions and other ideas the proponent may propose to increase visitor and resident satisfaction.

The RFP also includes the construction of a catholic protection system for the exisng berths as well as any upgrades to the current facilities.

Proposals due Jan. 21

This RFP is intended to allow the city to select a proponent or proponents and to conduct negotiations with the shortlisted proponents with the intention to execute an agreement.

The sealed proposals will be due by 2 p.m. local time, Jan. 21.