Installation of a new floating pier began last week at Icy Strait Point.
 
Turnagain Marine Construction, an Alaska-based heavy marine construction firm, is working offshore at Icy Strait Point with completion expected by early October.
 
“It’s an exciting time for the community to see this pier coming together in front of our eyes,” said Tyler Hickman, Icy Strait Point vice president of operations. “ Thanks to the partnership between the City of Hoonah, State of Alaska and Huna Totem Corporation, this investment will further improve our world-class destination. Even better, the construction does not negatively impact our current operations and guest experience.”
 
Since opening in 2004, cruise lines have tendered guests ashore to the century-old salmon cannery at Icy Strait Point. The new 400-foot floating pier, which was designed with input from the cruise industry and accommodates the largest cruise ships, will allow ships to tie up directly, thus greatly improving accessibility for ships and their passengers beginning in 2016. Icy Strait Point will manage the pier’s operation and provide long-term maintenance.
 
Additionally, a new Tlingit-style, wood-beamed welcome center and excursion departure lounge will also be in place for the beginning of the 2016 season. Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2015, after the cruise season has ended.