One of WorkBoat’s Significant Boats of 2010, the Susitna was originally intended to operate as a ferry in Cook Inlet, Alaska, while demonstrating the effectiveness of its unique design. The design allows the boat to operate as a shallow-draft landing craft or deeper-draft SWATH vessel. Capable of carrying up to about 20 cars and over 100 passengers, the Susitna is powered by four MTU 12V4000 M90 engines with four Wärtsilä waterjets. Without ferry landing infrastructure in Cook Inlet, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, owners of the vessel, has never been able to put the boat into service and has been trying to sell it. Minimum price is $6 million. The borough is also willing to donate the vessel to an acceptable government entity in the U.S., pending approval by the Federal Transit Administration. Meanwhile, the Susitna sits in Southeast Alaska, not far from the Ketchikan shipyard (AlaskaShip & Drydock, now Vigor Alaska) that built it. “We want it to be put to work,” said Patty Sullivan, public affairs director for the Mat-Su Borough. “I imagine that this coming year will resolve what it’s going to do.” — B. Buls 


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