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.