Activist ship again can't find moorage

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau company has denied Greenpeace dock space when it arrives here later this week, the environmental group said.

Greenpeace is traveling in Southeast Alaska in the 236-foot ship Esperanza to gather information on logging in the Tongass National Forest.

Goldbelt Corp., the Juneau Native corporation, backed out of an agreement to let the group to moor at its downtown dock, so the ship will have to drop anchor in Gastineau Channel when it arrives on Friday.

A Goldbelt spokesman said the dock space is rented on a first-come first-served basis, and the environmental group did not pay a deposit to reserve it. Greenpeace officials contend they were never asked about a deposit when they arranged the space July 8.

Goldbelt used to be primarily focused on logging but is now more heavily invested in the tourism industry.

Greenpeace ran into similar problems finding a place to dock earlier this month in Ketchikan.

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