Dockage fee increase for Juneau still under review

    Port Director Carl Uchytil and Docks and Harbors Board Chair Don Etheridge.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau officials are reviewing a proposal by the Docks and Harbors department to increase dockage fees for large ships and yachts.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil spoke on that proposal while a guest on Action Line.

    "Dockage fees are primarily for the visiting vessels that come to Juneau and tie up at the immediate vessel flowm which is down by Taku Smokeries, twisted fish, and a couple other docks inside the cruise ship facilities that we manage, and at the standard harbor breakwater, so the Dockage fees are typically for reservations," he said. "And what the assembly indicated, communicated on Monday is a willingness to increase the fees on larger yachts in in large vessels that that tie up at those unique locations."

    He said for vessels under 200 feet, the rate would go from $2.50 a linear foot to $5.

    Docks and Harbors Chair Don Etheridge said that after Mondays assembly committee of the whole meeting, cruise ship were removed from the increase.

    "The one thing that they did do is, this would have affected cruise ships, but they wanted the cruise ships removed from it due to the fact that it is part of our survey that we're doing on our rate study that's out there at this time and they wanted to see what the rate study comes back at before they increase the fees to cruise ships."

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