CITY DOCK

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The City of Unalaska is celebrating a major dock renovation at the Port of Dutch Harbor.

Officials marked the completion of the two-year, $40 million project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony late last month. The upgrades are expected to prepare the busy port for even bigger business.

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After multiple delays, the new city dock is open for business. The renovation of positions 3 and 4 at the Unalaska Marine Center met substantial completion Monday.

“We can schedule it," said Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin. "It’s completely available for cargo operations, fishing vessel offloads, fueling, tying alongside, transfers of whatever might be required. We’re good to go.”

Construction on the $39 million project began in June 2017 and McLaughlin said is still within budget.

Having the dock renovation completed she said is huge.

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Cold icy weather is delaying completion of the new city dock.

This is the third time the deadline has been pushed back. Most recently, the project was scheduled to be completed by Jan. 15.

“Of course we are feeling the pinch," Ports Director Peggy McLauglin told Unalaska's City Council Tuesday. "The dock is ready great and ready to go with the exception that we can’t guarantee the integrity of the pavers until the sanding is complete.”

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As the Unalaska Marine Center nears completion, the City Council is thinking about how to lease out the space.

"This council and the council before have approved a fantastic project that has built an incredible piece of infrastructure for our community that will last somewhere in the realm of 50 plus years," said Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin at a Dec. 11 council meeting.

McLaughlin explained terminal service agreements -- which favor competitive bid processes, but don't require the city to go out for a bid.

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The completion dates for Unalaska's dock renovation have been delayed again. 

Last week, city officials granted a two-week extension requested by Turnagain Marine Construction, the contractor hired to replace a pair of aging docks at the Unalaska Marine Center.

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