Alaska cruise ship dock permit issued; construction to begin

    An artist rendering of the new ferry dock. Courtesy of Cruise Lines International Association.

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ward Cove project got a huge boost Thursday from the federal government.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit for a cruise ship dock in southeast Alaska, but the dock's opening date is unclear.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reported Thursday that the permit was issued Tuesday for the 1,300-foot cruise ship dock in Ward Cove, about 300 miles south of Juneau.

    Agency officials say the permit was issued to Power Systems & Supplies.

    Officials said the project is part of a larger plan to revamp the site of a former pulp mill into a welcoming center, museum and shopping attraction.

    Partners said months of construction are needed before a project-completion date can be estimated.

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