Sitka Will Receive Larger Dock for Cruise Ships

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Sitka

Sitka is finally getting a dock that can accommodate large cruise ships. It’s being built by a private developer near the Southeast community’s ferry terminal.

Small cruise ships can already tie up at a downtown facility. But larger vessels have to anchor up and carry passengers to shore on small boats, a process called lightering.

Previous efforts to build a large dock have stopped or stalled. The developer of the new project says it will be big enough to accommodate full-size ships. But there’s no guarantee they’ll use it.

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