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Prospectus Soliciting Proposals for Operation of Charter Vessel Services Released

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Date: March 1, 2018
Contact: Mark Keogh, 907-644-3367

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE, Alaska – The National Park Service has released a prospectus soliciting proposals for charter vessel operation in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Multiple charter vessel concession contracts are expected to be awarded to provide charter vessel and related services.

Charter vessels offer a way for small and diverse groups of visitors to experience Glacier Bay National Park. Charter vessels are defined as any motor vessel less than 100 tons gross (U.S. System) or 2,000 tons gross (International Convention System) engaged in transport of passengers for hire and certificated to carry no more than 12 passengers overnight and no more than 49 passengers for daytime use. Charter vessels also include any uninspected motor vessel measuring less than 200 tons gross (U.S. Tonnage “Simplified Measurement System”) and not more than 24 meters (79 feet) in length engaged in the transport of passengers for hire.

The current contracts expire December 31, 2018. The new contracts will have a 10-year term and commence in 2019.

Proposals for this opportunity must be received by May 31, 2018


This prospectus is available for download at

Last updated: March 5, 2018

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