Short form, we are building a $77 million airport 6 miles across open ocean from Akutan, and largest fish processing plant in North America (I could post really interesting articles about trying to power it geothermal if that interested people here).
We are looking at ways to ferry people across the open ocean strait, and one of the methods currently being discussed is a hovercraft.
The difficulty (aside from cost) is that a similar hovercraft operating out of Cold Bay is not living up to expectations for harsh weather operations.
Post by alaskanmohican on Sept 27, 2011 23:28:10 GMT -8
Well for my 2 cents, despite the "coolness factor" of a hovercraft , I think they should look at alternatives considering Cold Bay's issues. Maybe this could be a new home for the boondoggle known as the MV Susitna. Although I guess they have said that it is not ocean certified and the waters between Akutan and Akun are definitely open waters.
A complete side note, I get rather irritated by all this calling the Ketchikan airport bridge a "bridge to nowhere." Especially considering that they are moving forward with plans for a Knik Arm bridge connecting the MatSu valley, who wants the bridge, to Anchorage, who does not want the bridge. That is a bridge to nowhere, not one that is connecting it's community to their airport.
You got to be impressed with the inpracticality of an idea when at the end of the day, they save money by using a helicopter.
While we are trowing around expensive ideas, how about get Alaska Ship and Drydock to build a Lifeboat. Under normal conditions, she could be plenty large enough to act as a ferry to and from the airport, with the added benefit of being able to assist with mariners in distress. For around $3.5 Million, we could build a Severn-class lifeboat