The Port of Alaska will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall. Built in 1961, the Port of Anchorage was only three years old when the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake rocked Alaska leaving it the only operational port in the south central region. As the sole gateway for waterborne supplies, the Port of Anchorage quickly became Alaska’s port establishing itself as a vibrant and essential economic engine for the state.
Now, 50 years later, the Port of Anchorage continues to provide critical services to over 80 percent of Alaskans through food, fuel, retail goods, cement, and other essential supplies. With 90 percent of the merchandise goods for the state (excluding Southeast) coming over the dock, the Port of Anchorage is truly Alaska’s lifeline.
This year, between its anniversary and the success of last summer’s cruise season the Port has a lot to celebrate. They are excited and proud to be the winner of ACVB’s 2011 Member of the Year award which recognizes the Port’s effort in welcoming the first major cruise lines to make regular calls at the Port of Anchorage. Last summer, residents had 1 50 Years Of Supplying Southcentral Alaska an opportunity to welcome tourists from Holland America’s ship, the ms Amsterdam, as they spent a full day sightseeing and shopping in our beautiful city. This summer the ms Amsterdam will continue its visits, spending every other Friday in Anchorage.
In additional to consumer goods and tourism, the Port also plays a vital role for Alaska’s Armed Forces. Designated a Department of Defense National Strategic Seaport, the Port of Anchorage is only one of 19 ports in the nation to hold that distinction. Since 2005, the Port has supported over 15 deployments, including Stryker Brigade Deployments to the Middle East and training grounds in the continental US. The Port is proud of its strong relationship to the military and look forward to serving them for another 50 years.
Looking ahead, the Port of Anchorage is committed to continuing its exemplary service in providing efficient, reliable and affordable transportation options to Alaskans. The Port of Anchorage is Alaska’s Port, Alaska’s lifeline and an important key to Alaska’s future.