The Port of Anchorage Alaska is an enterprise department under the Municipality of Anchorage. As an enterprise, the Port is distinguished from other types of municipal departments, largely because it generates enough revenue to support its operations along with paying annual fees to the municipality. The Port Director is appointed by the Mayor and reports to the Municipal Manager. In many ways, despite its enterprise distinction, the Port of Alaska acts as a standard municipal department with the Assembly approving the annual budget and with contract services, financial support and other day-to-day activities managed by the appropriate municipal department and subject to all municipal code.
The Port of Alaska is a “landlord” port which means that we it charges users for real estate and dock use and are is responsible for maintenance, management and upkeep. The Port of Alaska does not negotiate with shippers for tie-up, offloading, or any other related activities, customers calling on the port are required to secure these services on their own.