Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Don Young Port of Alaska

Don Young Port of Alaska is a Municipality of Anchorage owned facility that serves all of Alaska and the nation. It is Alaska’s most versatile port that handled 5.2 million tons of fuel and freight in 2022, including containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, and cruise ships too.

About half of all Alaska inbound cargo crosses Port of Alaska docks, about half of which is delivered to final destinations outside of Anchorage – statewide, including Southeast. It leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of public and private infrastructure, including more than 125 acres of cargo-handling yard, 3.1 million barrels of liquid fuel storage, 60,000 tons of cement storage, gantry cranes, RO-RO trestles, and a large, skilled workforce. It is located on upper Cook Inlet, adjacent to Alaska’s population center and primary road, marine, air, rail and pipeline cargo distribution systems.

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Alaska’s Primary Inbound-Cargo Port

Anchorage-owned and operated facility that handles half of all Alaska inbound freight – more than four million tons of fuel and cargo annually.
New Petroleum Cement Terminal

Modernization Program

Port of Alaska’s Modernization Program is a dock replacement program that aims to replace aging docks and related infrastructure before it fails.

PAMP will:

  • Replace aging docks and related infrastructure
  • Improve operational safety and efficiency
  • Accommodate modern shipping operations
  • Improve resiliency – to survive extreme seismic events and Cook Inlet’s harsh marine environment
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Big Anchorage Tides

Upper Cook Inlet has the highest tides in the United States and range almost 40 feet.

NOAA tide predictions for Port of Alaska typically range between low tides down to minus five feet and high tides that exceed plus 33 feet, with a mean daily tide range of 26.2 feet.

Anchorage’s extreme tides are driven by Upper Cook Inlet’s constricted geography and the configuration of northern hemisphere land masses. Local weather conditions intensify Anchorage’s tide fluctuations.

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What's new at the port . . .

Anchorage gets federal OK to start work on massive Port of Alaska modernization project

May 30, 2024 - Construction crews at the Don Young Port of Alaska on Wednesday began work on the next phase of the massive port modernization project, after the Municipality of Anchorage received a long-awaited federal environmental approval that unlocks tens of millions of dollars in grant funding.
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Upcoming Anchorage Port Commission Meeting

June 26, 2024 – noon-2pm: This meeting will be virtual and held via Microsoft Teams. Please send an email with the words “Port Commission Meeting” in the subject line to PortOfAlaska@anchorageak.gov before 5 pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 to request an email meeting invitation with call-in phone number and log-in information. Meeting agenda and information packet will be posted before the meeting.

Anchorage Assembly approves renaming port ‘Don Young Port of Alaska’

Anchorage Daily News
The Anchorage Assembly has renamed the Port of Alaska after late U.S. Rep. Don Young. Members on Tuesday voted on a new name — the Don Young Port of Alaska...
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Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 10

Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 10 - Effective date, January 1, 2024
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Small Port, Big Challenges, Extreme Flexibility

Building to satisfy current and future public needs and market demands
By Steve Ribuffo, Director of the Port of Alaska
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Statewide and Port of Alaska Long Range Fuel Forecast

Download Statewide and Port of Alaska Long Range Fuel Forecast, Nov. 20, 2020 – pdf

Port of Alaska logistical and economic advantages report

Download Port of Alaska logistical and economic advantages report – pdf

Port of Alaska Fact Sheet.

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