Bidding lively for ferry Bartlett

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The online auction for a used Alaska Marine Highway ferry had garnered 23 bids as of Thursday afternoon, with the high bid up to $311,000.

The auction began last week with a beginning bid price of $100,000 for the 1,500-ton E.L. Bartlett, a 193-foot vessel that can carry about 30 cars and 236 passengers.

The state paid $3.25 million to have the Bartlett built in 1969. Its state service will end in October, according to ferry system operations manager Jack Meyers.

The state cannot justify spending the money needed to meet new federal safety requirements on the ferry, especially since the older ship can be replaced with a new, faster ferry paid for entirely with federal funds, Meyers said.

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