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.
More than 50 individuals representing Port users and vessel operators, technical and subject matter experts, and POA and Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) leadership are participating in the Charrette. A Program Management Consultant team, led by CH2MHILL, is conducting the effort.
"This is a critical step in preparing the Port for the future" said Mayor Dan Sullivan. "Alaska needs a modern, reliable port to ensure dependable cargo service for Southcentral Alaska and beyond for decades to come."
The POA will develop the concepts to a preliminary 15 percent design level by November 2014, at which time a recommended concept design will be presented to the MOA.
The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline. The POA provides an estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 87% of Alaska's population. 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.
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.
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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