What's next for the Lumberman?

    CBJ Port Director Carl Uchytil.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The disabled tugboat broke loose of its anchor in the Gastineau Channel and drifted south Saturday.

    CBJ Port Director Carl Uchytil said they received notice from the Coast Guard and Marine Exchange of Alaska that the Lumberman drug anchor and ended up just off Norway Point.

    Docks and Harbors and the Coast Guard discussed plans to relocate the Lumberman to the inside of the cruise ship terminal dock and sent money from the Coast Guard to a tow company to take the Lumberman to that location.  She was moored safely in that location.

    Docks and Harbors plan to take legal action to formally impound the vessel and dispose of it in some manner in the coming months.

    Uchytil said the impound requires a formal notice to the responsible party.  The responsible party can then claim the vessel.  If they don't come forward the Lumberman will be made available for purchase through a competitive bid process.  After that, they can get rid of the vessel in the most cost-effective manner.

    Those options include scuddling the vessel, demolition, or relocation to another appropriate location.

    Uchytil said the plan is to have the Lumberman out of the harbor by the time the cruise ship season begins.

    He said the owner of the vessel is likely indigent and won't claim it.  He said the EPA allows vessels to be scuttled in open waters in the Gulf of Alaska.


    Audio from Carl Uchytil as he explains the options for the Lumberman now that its back on CBJ tidelands.


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