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Launch of newly built Native corporation vessel a milestone achievement for Homer

The Goldbelt Seawolf, a 74 foot catamaran bulit in Homer by Bay Welding for the Juneau Native corporation Goldbelt Inc. to ferry workers to the Kensington Mine, is launched by Alaska Crane on Sept. 10 in Homer. It’s the largest vessel ever built in Homer and the culmination of decades of work to bring shipbuilding business to the town at the end of the road. (Photo courtesy STC Inc. and Alaska Crane)

The Goldbelt Seawolf, a 74 foot catamaran bulit in Homer by Bay Welding for the Juneau Native corporation Goldbelt Inc. to ferry workers to the Kensington Mine, is launched by Alaska Crane on Sept. 10 in Homer. It’s the largest vessel ever built in Homer and the culmination of decades of work to bring shipbuilding business to the town at the end of the road. (Photo courtesy STC Inc. and Alaska Crane) The largest vessel to be built in Homer hit the waves this fall in Kachemak Bay for its maiden voyage. The Goldbelt Seawolf, a 74 foot-long catamaran, launched from Homer this month headed for service in Southeast Alaska. Built by Bay Welding, the vessel is owned by Goldbelt Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of Juneau-based Native corporation Goldbelt Inc. The vessel, which took 11 months to build, will be used to transport workers to and from the Kensington Mine, which Goldbelt Transportation provides service to, as well as for other potential lines of business. Notably, though, the partners involved in the project were all Alaskan. Coast Wise Corp. of Anchorage designed the boat and Alaska Crane transported it from the shipyard in Homer to the water. Goldbelt Transportation made a point to choose Alaskan companies to complete the project, said Goldbelt interim president and CEO McHugh Pierre in a press release. “We place a high value on any ability we have to contribute to the local economy through the commissioning of in-state projects wherever possible,” he said. “In […]

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