By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Port Commission recommends 20% lightering rate increase


November 8, 2023

The Port Commission recommended a substantial boost in the borough’s cruise ship lightering rates at its Nov 2 meeting and the assembly will likely consider the rate increase on Dec. 12. If approved, the change will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

The recommendation is to raise the rate by half, charging lightering ships 60% of the fee for a dock tie-up instead of the current 40%.

The community’s port rates are among the lowest in the region, which has helped attract businesses and stimulate economic growth, according to a report by Harbormaster Steve Miller. However, maintenance and im...

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