A public forum to talk about the future of Ketchikan’s downtown cruise dock is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.
The City of Ketchikan has been working toward a major port reconfiguration, with the goal of accommodating more than one of the new post-Panamax cruise ships at a time. The cruise dock currently can take one mega ship at Berth 3.
More cruise lines are adding the larger ships, which are around 1,000 feet long or longer. It’s anticipated that larger ships will slowly replace some of the current fleet.
The city has estimated that reconfiguring the port will cost up to $150 million, including shoreside improvements. City officials have been considering partnering with private industry to help pay for the work.
The public is invited to offer ideas and feedback on the community’s growing tourism industry.
Tuesday’s forum will include representatives from the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. It will be broadcast on KPU Channel 675 and on the LiveinKetchikan611 YouTube channel.