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Next Anchorage Port Commission Meeting
August 10, 2022 noon-1:30pm: 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 7 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.
US Maritime Administration appeals ruling that awarded $367m to Anchorage for breach of contract
In February this year, the Municipality of Anchorage was awarded more than $367m in damages from the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) for failed construction at the Port of Alaska. The judge at the US Court of Federal Claims said in the ruling: “The evidence was clear that the structure left by the Government on Anchorage’s property by MARAD is dangerous, prevents Anchorage from using its property and creates navigational hazards. The evidence was also clear that Anchorage has no choice but to remove the defective structure, and the cost to remove the dangerous structure is clearly recoverable.” MARAD has now filed a notice of appeal of that ruling.
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Municipality Receives Judgement in MARAD Case
Anchorage, AK – Today, the United States Court of Federal Claims awarded the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) $367,446,809 in damages from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) due to design, construction, and project management failures at the Port of Alaska Intermodal Expansion Project. This judgement is subject to appeal.
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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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