Petroleum and Cement Terminal Construction

Construction work is underway and on schedule to build Port of Alaska’s new Petroleum and Cement Terminal (PCT).

Pacific Pile and Marine started building the PCT trestle and deck in late April. The PCT will be a pile-supported dock located south of existing Port of Alaska docks, adjacent to Alaska Basic Industries Inc.’s cement-storage dome. It will replace Petroleum Oil Lubricants Terminal 1 (POL1), Port of Alaska’s primary petroleum dock and Alaska’s only bulk cement-handling dock. POL1 opened in 1965, is severely corroded, and suffered significant structural damage during the Nov. 30, 2018 M7.1 earthquake.

This first phase of PCT construction is expected to continue until November 2020. The contract to complete PCT construction in 2021 is expected to be awarded in July 2020, with construction scheduled to resume next spring. The plan is to construct the PCT trestle and loading platform this year, and then return next year to build the fendering and mooring dolphins and install utilities and petroleum and cement handling infrastructure. The PCT should be completed and operational in late 2021. ➤Click Here To Continue Reading

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About The Port

Port of Alaska is a Municipality of Anchorage owned facility that serves all our state and nation. It is Alaska’s most versatile port that handled 4.3 million tons of fuel and freight in 2019, 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, 3.4 million barrels of fuel storage, 60,000 tons of cement storage, gantry cranes, RO-RO trestles, and a large, skilled workforce. It is located on tsunami-proof upper Cook Inlet, adjacent to Alaska’s population center and primary road, marine, air, rail and pipeline cargo distribution systems.

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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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Modernization Program

Engineers estimate that Port of Alaska’s aging docks will start closing due to corrosion and loss of load-bearing capacity in as few as eight years if they are not replaced, possibly sooner if there is another big earthquake. Port of Alaska’s Modernization Program (PAMP) aims to replace Anchorage’s aging docks and related infrastructure before it fails, to:

  • Improve operational safety and efficiency
  • Accommodate modern shipping operations
  • Improve resiliency – to survive extreme seismic events and sustain ongoing cargo operations

Workers are constructing a new Petroleum and Cement Terminal that is scheduled for completion in late 2021. Officials plan to maintain normal cargo operations throughout PAMP. Final program scope, designs and schedule are still being determined based upon user needs and available funding.

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What’s new at the port . . .

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.

Download Port of Alaska fact sheet – pdf

Next Anchorage Port Commission Meeting

December 2, 2020 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, December 1 to request an email meeting invitation with call-in phone number and log-in information.

September 30, 2020 Anchorage Port Commission Meeting

Download Sept 30, 2020 Meeting Audio – MP3
Download Sept 30, 2020 Anchorage Port Commission Meeting Agenda – pdf
Download Sept 30, 2020 Anchorage Port Commission Meeting Handouts – pdf
Download Sept 30, 2020 Port of Alaska Tariff Service Review – pdf


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.

Port Of Alaska COVID-19 Mitigation and Prevention Plan – pdf


MARAD grants the Municipality of Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska project

ANCHORAGE, AK—The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today that it awarded a $20 million infrastructure development grant to help replace aging Port of Alaska docks.
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Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 9 effective Jan. 1, 2020

Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 9 is effective on Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to view Terminal Tariff No. 9.


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