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Upcoming Anchorage Port Commission Meetings
December 14, 2022 – 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, December 13th to request an email meeting invitation with call-in phone number and log-in information. Meeting agenda and packet will be posted prior to the meeting.
Boiler fire on vessel at Port of Alaska
A ship docked at the Port of Alaska experienced a boiler fire on Friday night, creating a loud boom and brief billowing smoke. According to a press release, the oil tanker Atlantic Lily was offloading Jet A-1 fuel at the port when the blast occurred at 10:08 p.m. on Friday.
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$112 Million Announced for Alaska Ports And Ferry Terminals
Office of Dan Sullivan, United States Senator for Alaska
Office of Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator for Alaska
Joint Release: 10.26.22
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) today announced that four Alaska coastal communities will receive a total of $112 million in investments this year for critical port-related infrastructure and ferry terminal projects, marking the first wave of these type of investments attributable to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Anchorage to get $69M for port repairs as part of federal infrastructure bill spending in Alaska.
Congressional and local officials this week welcomed news that the Port of Alaska is set to receive $68.7 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The money is part of a larger bundle of federal spending on “port-related infrastructure and ferry terminal projects” approved under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed last year in Congress, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office.
Port of Alaska Employment Impacts report
McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group) released a June 2021 report about Port of Alaska’s employment impacts.
Download Port of Alaska Employment Impacts report – pdf
Statewide and Port of Alaska Long Range Fuel Forecast
McDowell Group projects Alaska’s and Port of Alaska’s long range fuel demands.
Download Statewide and Port of Alaska Long Range Fuel Forecast, Nov. 20, 2020 – pdf
Port of Alaska logistical and economic advantages report update
McDowell Group released a 2020 update of its report about Port of Alaska’s critical functions and logistical and economic benefits.
Download Port of Alaska logistical and economic advantages report – pdf
Port of Alaska updated its port fact sheet.
COVID-19 Update – Port of Alaska maintaining normal cargo operations during pandemic
Matson and TOTE deliver more than 80 percent of all containerized cargo shipped into Southcentral Alaska in two ships each per week that generally arrive in Anchorage on Sundays and Tuesdays. These vessels normally depart Port of Tacoma (WA) on Wednesdays and Fridays and take a little less than three days to reach Anchorage, depending upon weather, tides, etc. TOTE services Alaska with two ships that sail directly between Tacoma and Anchorage. Matson uses three ships that also provide twice-weekly service to Kodiak and once-weekly service to Dutch Harbor.
Worldwide container shipping volumes are down due to COVID-19-related market changes, but Port of Alaska container volumes and ship traffic remain about normal for this time of year. COVID-19 decreases in Alaska market demand for some products has been off-set by COVID-19-driven demand spikes for other goods. Economists anticipate that Alaska cargo loads will fall later this year because of COVID-19-related reductions in Alaska energy and visitor industries.
All 14 Port of Alaska cruise ship visits that were scheduled this season have been cancelled because of COVID-19. Port of Alaska, Matson, TOTE and other shippers all have significant additional capacity to accommodate any freight or fuel shipping needs that might arise to respond to COVID-19.
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