By Larry Persily
Sentinel writer 

State sells fast ferries to Spanish operator


March 18, 2021

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File

The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014.

After spending almost $1.1 million to keep the vessels out of service to save money and safely tied up the past several years, the state last week sold its two fast ferries - built at a combined cost of $68 million less than 20 years ago - for just over $5 million.

Mediterranean-based catamaran operator Trasmapi had offered about $4.6 million for the Fairweather and Chenega. The company serves the Spanish island of Ibiza, about 70 miles off the coast. The state was able to negotiate the final price to $5,174,444.

The price for two never-used spare diesel engines for the ships is being negot...

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