Alaska Marine Highway System Sells Fast Ferries Vessels

    Photo of the Fairweather.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - On Wednesday the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities finalized the sale of the AMHS vessels Fairweather and Chenega to bidder Servicios y Concesiones Maritimas Ibicencas S.A. of Ibiza, Spain.

    The sale price for Chenega was $3,111,111, and the Fairweather sold for $2,063,333.

    AMHS will transfer the proceeds into its Vessel Construction Fund, an account used for future AMHS vessel maintenance and construction.

    The buyer has taken possession and plans to transport the vessels to Spain in the coming weeks.

    In 2019, DOT&PF announced it would surplus the fast ferry vessels due to their high operating costs.

    The two ferries were first offered to other state agencies or Alaska municipalities to be used for transportation purposes.

    After receiving no interest, DOT&PF listed the vessels for sale.

    Bids were opened on January 13, 2021, and AMHS subsequently negotiated a deal with the sole bidder from Spain.

    The buyer has enlisted a heavy-lift ship to pick up the two ferries in Ketchikan and transport both vessels via the Panama Canal to their new homeport in Spain.


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