The saga of the M/V Susitna continues, with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough trying to find somebody willing to take the brand-new ferry off its hands. The ferry -- still docked in Ketchikan -- was built as a military prototype, then outfitted for civilian use in Cook Inlet with federal transportation funds. A terminal was finished on the Mat-Su side of Knik Arm, but there's still no place for a ferry to dock on the Anchorage side. Borough manager John Moosey told the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman he has received three private proposals for the ferry but they haven't been reviewed yet.
"Right now, the issue is do we have somebody who can use it that can cover the costs of the operation?" Moosey said.
Private companies aren't the only ones the borough is courting.
"We also have been working with NUWCC, the Naval Under Water Warfare Command Center, to also potentially use the boat," he said.
Sen. Mark Begich is involved in the negotiations and is pitching the boat to other federal agencies, said a spokeswoman.
Read more at the Frontiersman: Borough seeks ways to ditch ferry