Last week, an installation of a new floating pier started at Icy Strait Point, a seasonal destination along Inside Passage in Alaska Native village of Hoonah.

The Alaska-based heavy marine construction company Turnagain Marine Construction is at Icy Strait Point working offshore. Completion is expected by October 2015.

According to Tyler Hickman, Icy Strait Point vice president, the construction did not negatively impact their current operations. Thanks to the partnership between State of Alaska, City of Hoonah and Huna Totem Corporation, that investment would further improve the world-class Icy Strait Point destination.

Since opening in 2004, lines have tendered passengers ashore to Icy Strait Point's century-old salmon cannery. The new floating pier will be 400-foot long, able to accommodate the biggest cruise ships. It will allow vessels to tie up directly, greatly improving accessibility for passengers and ships beginning in 2016. Icy Strait Point will provide long-term maintenance and will manage pier’s operation.

A new wood-beamed, Tlingit-style welcome center and departure lounge will be in place for the new 2016 season. Construction is scheduled to start in October 2015, after the end of the cruise season.

Icy Strait Point is a Huna Totem Corporation wholly owned and operated subsidiary. The village corporation is owned by 1,350 Alaska Natives. Situated 22 miles from Glacier Bay National Park and 35 miles west of Juneau, Icy Strait Point is the only large-ship private destination in Alaska.