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State asks if anyone wants to buy the Malaspina

 

Photo courtesy of Carey Carmichael Case / Wild Iris Photography

The M/V Malaspina makes it's way north on a clear sunny day, with Devils Thumb towering above.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is asking anyone interested in taking ownership of the nearly 60-year-old Malaspina to speak up by March 7. The state has been spending about $75,000 a month to keep the unused ferry moored and insured at Ward Cove in Ketchikan for more than two years.

The ship has not carried passengers or vehicles since late 2019, and requires tens of millions of dollars of repairs, steel replacement work and new engines to go back into service, according to the Transportation Department.

"Holy crap, why don't we sell it," Big Lake Rep. Kevin McCabe asked of depart...



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