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AJOC: Spokelys envision international business deepwater port Ward Cove #Ketchikan

Jan 4, 2012 - 11:50 AM AKST


A pair of Ketchikan businessmen has an ambitious vision for Ward Cove.

Dave and Andrew Spokely, the father-and-son owners of Power Systems and Supplies of Alaska and logistics company Remote Made Easy, closed on a $2.1 million purchase of the pulp mill property Dec. 28.

The former home of Ketchikan Pulp Co. has been owned by the borough for nearly 15 years since the operation was closed in 1997, and now the Spokelys intend to create an international port at Ward Cove with a simple message — “Alaska starts here.”

The Spokelys’ vision is to create a “northern Ballard” homeport for commercial fishing vessels up to 120 feet in length as an alternative to the Seattle community where the industry has largely been based for nearly a century.

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