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New Kodiak boat lift can service bigger vessels

LAINE WELCH
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Published: August 1st, 2009 08:32 PM
Last Modified: August 1st, 2009 08:32 PM

Kodiak is now home to one of the biggest boat lifts in the world -- and with it comes the promise of plenty of new jobs.

The 600-ton, 54-foot-high hoist, built by Marine Travelift of Wisconsin, is one of just five in the U.S. and the only one in Alaska. It was shipped in 24 containers to Kodiak in June and assembled on the island. Since then workers have been building the site for the boat lift adjacent to Kodiak's larger harbor and preparing for the first test lifts next month.

Kodiak hosts the state's largest and most diverse fishing fleet with roughly 700 boats, but big trawlers and crab boats have had to travel to Seward, Seattle or farther for repairs and maintenance.

"Right now we can only lift boats up to 150 tons, and that's a stout 75-80-footer," said Kodiak harbormaster Marty Owen, who has been advocating for the new lift for 15 years. "We have lots of........ http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/884872.html

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