The state of Alaska is offering for sale a ferry that it says it no longer can afford to maintain and operate.
The state transportation department, in a release, says the minimum bid price for the Taku will be $1.5 million. Sealed bids are due by May 9.
The department says it’s selling the Taku “As Is/Where Is,” to the highest bidder. The vessel is at a mooring facility at Ketchikan.
The department previously offered to give the vessel to other state agencies or to local governments but had no takers.
The ship, built in 1963, was taken out of service in 2015. The department says the Taku is considered to be excess to the needs of the state and too expensive to maintain and run with available funding.
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