By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

After Ketchikan fire, Wrangell port commission considers insurance mandate for boat owners


November 10, 2022

After a recent fire put the Ketchikan harbor department at risk of a lawsuit for not requiring boat owners to carry insurance, the Wrangell Port and Harbors Department is considering issuing an insurance requirement for vessels, though the decision-making process is still in the early stages.

At the Ketchikan harbor, the owner of a boat damaged in the fire aboard a nearby vessel has threatened legal action against the city for losses.

According to Wrangell Port Director Steve Miller, the borough harbor department is weighing its funding needs against the burden that an insurance requirement...

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