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Modernization Project

Project Summary

The Port of Anchorage's (POA) three shipping terminals have surpassed their useful lifecycle. Terminal 1 is more than 50 years old, and all of the existing pile-supported wharves are in a deteriorated condition. While essential maintenance on the existing facilities is ongoing, the POA is identifying and updating plans for modernizing the Port's facilities through the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP).

Plans for the modernization project include:

  • Replacing Terminals 2 and 3
  • Improving seismic resilience of the Port
  • Replacing existing obsolete infrastructure and incorporating modern technology
  • Enhancing operational efficiencies
  • Planning for a 75-year project lifecycle

Project Management

The project is contracted through MOA and is overseen by the Executive Committee comprised of MOA and POA leadership chaired by the Municipal Manager. The project is managed at POA by the Port Engineer.

The MOA has contracted with CH2M HILL to provide professional project management, environmental, permitting, and construction management services for the project.

Next Steps

CH2M HILL is in the process of working with project stakeholders and subject matter experts to develop preliminary design concepts for review and consideration. Based on information provided in the resulting Concept Design Study, the POA will identify a recommended concept to submit to the MOA for approval. After approval of the conceptual design, the project will move into final design, permitting and ultimately construction.

Project Benefits

  • Increased throughput capacity and operational efficiencies
  • Three new ship-to-shore cranes will allow for larger container vessels
  • Greater seismic reliability, and improved post seismic event operational capability
  • 75 year design life to reduce current maintenance requirements


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