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State’s main inbound cargo-handling facility

Port of Alaska in Anchorage is Alaska’s primary inbound cargo-handling facility – it handled 3.9 million tons of fuel and cargo in 2018:

  • Half of all freight shipped into Alaska comes through the port
  • Half of this freight is delivered to final destinations outside of
    Anchorage – statewide, including Southeast
  • Supports more than $14 billion annual commercial activity  

Alaska is a consumer state that has little manufacturing or agriculture – the vast majority of our food and consumer goods must be shipped into the state.

Alaska is giant state with a small, expensive-to-serve market. It is a virtual island and more than 90 percent of all Alaska inbound freight is transported by ship or barge.

Port of Alaska provides the most cost-effective means to deliver cargo that is consumed by 90 percent of all Alaskans:

  • Located at state’s population and business hub
  • Docks leverage hundreds of millions of dollars of privately funded, freight-related infrastructure (e.g., 3.4 million barrels liquid fuel storage, 60,000 tons of cement storage, etc.)
  • Port connects state’s primary marine, road, rail, air and pipeline cargo-transport systems

Port of Alaska has more inbound cargo handling capacity than every other port in Southcentral Alaska combined. 

It is also one of 17 Department of Defense designated Commercial Strategic Seaports worldwide and protects national security and supports U.S. missions across Alaska, the Pacific Rim and the Arctic.

Port of Alaska is key to timely state and federal disaster response efforts. Alaska’s population is too small to economically support redundant major ports – facilities should be resilient enough to survive a major earthquake and other natural disasters. Upper Cook Inlet is tsunami proof.

The docks aren’t dead, but they are dying

Port of Alaska’s aging facilities have outlived their 35-year design life, but its docks are failing and are expected to start closing due to corrosion and loss of load-bearing capacity starting in about 8 years, regardless of any improvements or repairs – possibly sooner if there is another major earthquake.

It’s not your fault, but it is your problem

All Alaskans will suffer food and consumer goods shortages and economic problems if Port of Alaska’s docks fail. Municipality of Anchorage officials are moving forward with a Port of Alaska Modernization Program (PAMP) to avert these hardships:

  • Replace aging docks and related infrastructure
  • Improve operational safety and efficiency
  • Accommodate modern shipping and cargo handling operations
  • Improve resiliency – to survive extreme seismic events and Cook Inlet’s harsh marine environment

Port of Alaska has a plan of finance and has started construction of a new Petroleum and Cement Terminal (PCT) that is expected to be completed and operational in fall 2021.

Municipal officials, shippers and other stakeholders are developing a plan to replace Port of Alaska’s general cargo terminals. Municipality of Anchorage residents cannot afford to bear all of the costs of replacing docks that benefit the whole state and the nation. It’s time to replace Port of Alaska’s aging docks! Tell your elected officials that the state and federal government should fund their share of this critical project.