NOAA Selects Contractor for Alaska Port Facility Upgrade

Alaska-based firm Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies, LLC has been chosen to work on NOAA’s port facility improvement project in Ketchikan, Alaska, the agency announced.

Ahtna was awarded the $18,771,041 contract to remove the current pier and related buildings and accomplish a number of upgrades, which include building a new office, large floating pier, steel access trestle and upgraded utility systems to serve ships.

“This NOAA port revitalization project is a great example of building back better by investing in modern and sustainable infrastructure,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The improvements to NOAA’s Ketchikan facility will enable the agency to support safe navigation and commerce in Alaska and the region more effectively than ever.”

When the project is finished in December 2022, NOAA will have an Alaskan homeport to support Ketchikan-based NOAA ship Fairweather and other visiting ships.

“We look forward to serving Alaska and the nation from this greatly improved facility,” said Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, deputy director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. “This represents a major milestone in NOAA’s effort to recapitalize the agency’s fleet and supporting infrastructure.”

By Pacific Maritime