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Mayor Selects Port Concept Plan

On Friday, November 21, Mayor Sullivan and executive members of the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP) team presented the concept plan for the Port of Anchorage (POA) to the Anchorage Assembly.

Following a week-long Concept Planning Charrette in August to identify operational constraints, known risks, and user priorities, the POA stakeholder group identified three concepts that meet the requirements of technical experts and Port users.

In early November, the APMP Concept Evaluation Committee selected the most suitable option and recommended the path forward to Mayor Sullivan.

More than 50 individuals representing Port users and vessel operators, technical and subject matter experts, and POA and Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) leadership participated in this effort, including a Program Management Consultant team led by CH2MHILL.

"This port infrastructure is critical to the state. Uniquely, there is no other port in Alaska more capable, centrally located or affordable for shippers and consumers," said Mayor Dan Sullivan. "Alaska needs to invest in modernizing this port to ensure dependable cargo service for Southcentral Alaska and beyond for upwards of 75 years."

"We appreciated the frank and open discussions held between the Port staff and all the users that culminated in arriving at a concept that is acceptable to all. Collectively seeing the value in this new plan is vitally important to success moving forward," said Port Director Steve Ribuffo.

"The CH2M HILL team is pleased to have been part of the concept planning process. We feel that the selected concept offers the best value for the Municipality of Anchorage in terms of cost, maintaining Port capabilities and tenant operations during construction, as well as the long-term reliability of this critical Alaska asset," said CH2M HILL 's Lon Elledge, Project Manager for the APMP.

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The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline, providing a majority of goods and materials to Alaska's population including railbelt communities, rural towns and over 200 villages 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

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Port of Anchorage Identifies Three Concept Design Alternatives for Anchorage Port Modernization Project

The Port of Anchorage POA successfully completed a week-long collaborative Concept Planning Charrette on August 22, 2014. Three concept design alternatives will move forward for development to a 15 percent design level for the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP).
Three concept designs were selected by approximately 50 charrette participants who considered project goals, evaluation factors, and constraints.

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Port of Anchorage Initiates Port Modernization Concept Design Process

On Monday, August 18, the Port of Anchorage (POA) began a week-long collaborative Concept Planning Charrette to identify and refine concept designs for the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP).

The Concept Planning Charrette is a workshop that involves key stakeholders directly in identifying operational constraints, known risks, and user priorities. At the conclusion of the week-long event, the POA will have identified three preliminary design concepts from the viewpoint of technical experts and Port users.

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So What’s This JLOTS Thing All About?

What is JLOTS? A Joint logisticsover- the-shore (JLOTS) operation is the process of loading and offloading ships in austere areas where ports are damaged, unavailable, or without the benefit of adequate fixed popdfrt facilities.

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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.

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