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State advertises for fill-in private ferry service; gives bidders 7 days to respond


January 6, 2022

With the Matanuska out of service longer than expected for more repair work, and the state uncertain whether it can bring an idled ferry out of a cost-saving lay-up, the Alaska Marine Highway System is seeking bids from private vessel operators to possibly provide additional winter runs to several Southeast communities, including Wrangell.

The state issued the hurried bid notice on Dec. 31, with proposals due by 2 p.m. Friday.

The state also is advertising for a contractor to help it recruit and hire for the ferry system, which is short on workers at several jobs. The Department of Transpor...

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