This week, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly went through the quarterly process of approving the next three months of funding for storage and maintenance of the M/V Susitna, which currently amounts to about $18,000 per month, excluding insurance.
The Susitna was meant to be used as a ferry between the Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage across Knik Arm. That project never came to fruition, however, and the borough has been trying to find a new home for the boat. For more than a year and a half, that has meant trying to sell it. The borough has an interested buyer, but there’s a catch. That buyer is located outside of the United States. Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey says that means going to the federal government, who built the vessel, for permission.
“Because this is a U.S. Navy prototype, primarily designed for battle missions, that it was potentially thought could be used as a ferry, we have to go through these extra hoops. A second thing is, as far as export license, when you sell outside of [the] Continental United States, you need permission to do that.” (more…)