KETCHIKAN (KDN) – The crane on Bar Harbor South’s departure float is currently inoperable due to the failure of the electronic safety boundary system and is being considered for repair, according to Mark Hilson, deputy director of port and harbor.

At its regular session on Thursday, Ketchikan City Council will review approval to approve the procurement of the parts and labor required for the repair and exempt from bidding and written quotation requirements, as is often permitted when repairing or parts of a specific company must be acquired.

The crane was purchased new by North Pacific Crane and installed in 1999. This is evident from a memo that was added to the agenda for the meeting and written by Hilson. The crane was moved to its current location in 2014 as part of the drive-down float project.

“This crane is an important part of Port and Harbors’ infrastructure, which is used extensively by the community to safely and conveniently move cargo, supplies and materials aboard ships in a sheltered location that is accessible 365 days a year to load, ”wrote Hilson.

He added that the crane, which is 50% made up of the port and ports, is also helping workers complete construction projects in the area.

The safety perimeter system, which needs replacing, prevents users from exceeding the crane’s lift and reach, Hilson wrote. An extensive search for spares so staff can do the repair is empty, he added.

The crane manufacturer is offering a new proprietary system that is compatible with the crane. The installation cost is $ 32,600. This includes travel expenses for installers and 10% contingent costs.

Hilson determined that a full crane replacement would cost at least $ 100,000.

The city council meeting will take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted via WebEx video conference.

Anyone wishing to make public comment during the meeting should contact the Ketchikan City Clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. Thursday by calling 228-5658. Telephone comments are limited to three minutes.

People interested in written comments can do so by email sent to by 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Written comments are not read at the meeting, but “put on the table” for the city council members.