On Friday, February 28th the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Federal Claims. The defendant is the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, also referred to as MARAD.
The MOA is seeking monetary relief as a result of MARADs breach of its contractual obligations to the customer, the Municipality of Anchorage.
Mayor Sullivan and his administration are committed to ensuring that the Port Intermodal Expansion Project (PIEP) is successfully completed. Work is expected to begin within the next couple weeks with the development of the Project Management Plan (PMP) with the newly awarded project manager, CH2MHILL.
The PMP will be a comprehensive framework, continually updated, to ensure the project is organized and delivered within budget, on schedule, and with the proper project controls established.
Development of the PMP is expected to take about 12 weeks. Over this same 12 week period, the Project Management Office (PMO) will take shape within the Port Administration Offices. The PMO will be staffed full time by the Project Manager Lon Elledge of CH2MHILL, and his core team members.
Mayor Sullivan reports, "It is extremely important that all those responsible for the project not being completed in a timely and cost effective manner be held responsible. The Port of Anchorage is too important for the economy of this entire state to accept the level of mismanagement that occurred."
The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline. The POA provides an estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska's populated area. This includes over 200 villages and rural towns across Alaska. It is the major point of entry for containerized cargo in Alaska and fuel for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ted Stevens International Airport and Southcentral and Western Alaska. Annually, around 240,000 containers move through the Port.
Attachment: MOA Complaint Federal Claim
Video from Press conference: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44483341
Contact: Lindsey Whitt
The MEA duel fuel diesel/natural gas fired engines made in Korea and Italy by a Finnish company, Wartsila, were offloaded at the Port in the past few days from a German heavy lift vessel.
Each engine weighs 660,000 lbs. Special 18 axle low boy equipment and a rail slide is required to transfer intermodally from ship to cribbing along the Port rail yard. The Port confirmed Terminal 3's capability to safely handle the heaviest ever freight shipment.
An imported 20 axle rail car will be used to haul each of ten engines to the Eklutna site where the low boy will move it to the generation building.
A Turkish industrial logistics firm, CalibRa Pro Logistics is performing the work using multiple subcontractors.
I expect to see more power plant equipment come across the docks now that this project has demonstrated the Port's capability to support a successful offload and transfer operation.
On Monday June 24, 2013, the Municipality closed a $40,000,000 Loan Agreement with US Bank and borrowed the full amount to retire the Municipality's outstanding commercial paper notes for the Port. The initial monthly interest rate on the note is 0.995%. This transaction terminates the commercial paper program established for the Port in May 2008.
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The Port of Anchorage and Delta Western, Inc. announce the signing of a 20 year land lease for a new bulk fuel facility on 2.5 acres at the Port of Anchorage.
This marks the first new long term lease at the Port of Anchorage in over 20 years. The deal has been more than a year in the making and represents an increase in fuel services offered by the private sector at the Port. Delta Western, Inc. plans to build a facility with a capacity of 360,000 barrels of petroleum products.
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The Municipality of Anchorage, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District (USACE) announce the completion of the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project Concept Design Study (Concept Design Study).
Three concept design alternatives have been prepared for the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project (PIEP) based on findings of the Suitability Study. An overview of the concept alternatives, the evaluation criteria used to select a recommended alternative, and the estimated investment costs will be presented to the Anchorage Assembly.
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