Hoonah Hard at Work

Hoonah Hard at Work

The new Hoonah berthing facility near Cannery Point Alaska (aka Icy Strait Point) will put Union Carpenters to work for years to come.

A collaboration between Huna Totem Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the deepwater berth will include a floating dock to serve vessels for freight, commercial fishing, yachting, the US Coast Guard, and the Alaska Marine Highway System year-round. 

The new pier will hold breakaway plus-size ships, the largest in the Norwegian Cruise fleet, with guest capacities of 3,963 people. The floating dock will be accessible via a 16-foot by 140-foot long transfer bridge and a 20-foot by 420-foot access trestle allowing for easy transport from vessels to town – growing the community’s tourism industry. 

“The Alaskan economy has been struggling with a recession for the past 4+ years. This recession has hit the construction industry particularly hard. With this investment, we can expect to see numerous carpenters and pile bucks spend the next several years working close to home, and helping to rebuild one of Southeast Alaska’s main economic drivers – tourism.”
– Chris Dimond, LU 1281, Council Representative

Employing an average of ten carpenters and eight piledrivers on the project, work is being performed union by Alaska Commercial Contractors and Turnagain Marine Construction with completion projected in time for cruise season 2020.

Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More


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