Port of Alaska is strategically located at Alaska’s population and business center. Sixty percent of all Alaska residents live within a two-hour drive of the Port and 75 percent of all Alaskans live on the Anchorage-connected road system. Port of Alaska is a year-round, deep-water port that has direct, intermodal connections to Alaska’s principal marine, road, rail, air and pipeline transportation systems. And Upper Cook Inlet geography virtually eliminates all Anchorage-area tsunami hazard.

Port of Alaska is one of 16 designated “U.S. Commercial Strategic Seaports” nationwide (17 counting Guam). It is adjacent and connected to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and provides critical support to Department of Defense missions in Alaska, Pacific Rim and the Arctic.

Port of Alaska facilities include:

  • The Port currently has four ship berths that are dredged to a published draft depth of minus-35 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). Port facilities include:
  • Three general cargo terminals (2,100 ft. of dock face) container, roll on\roll off, bulk cement and break bulk capabilities
  • Two petroleum product terminals (600 feet each of berthing space) with nine 2,000-bbl./hr.-product pipelines
  • Loose cement offloading capability via pneumatic pump and pipeline
  •  No limit on maximum ship length or breadth
  • On-dock transit shed with 27,000 square foot heated storage/office space
  • Three, 38-guage, rail-mounted, electric container cranes (two 30-ton and one 40-ton capacity)
  • Bulk Petroleum valve yard capable of accommodating multiple simultaneous marine/shore and/or inter-user shore side transfers

Port of Alaska has some 125 acres with or immediately adjacent to millions of dollars of freight-related infrastructure, including:

  • Approximately 60 acres of laydown/transit yards
  • 3.4 million barrels of liquid fuel storage
  • 60,000 tons of cement storage
  • JBER and Ted Stevens International Airport
  • Lynden/Alaska Marine Line and NorthStar barge terminals
  • Alaska Railroad cargo terminal/yard
  • Intermodal cargo transport connections

Foreign Trade Zone

The Municipality is a grantee of Anchorage Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 160.

Port of Alaska administers the Municipal foreign trade zone program that includes about 1,000 acres located at Port of Alaska, Anchorage International Airport and private sites throughout the Municipality.

Foreign-trade-zone related inquiries should be directed to the Port Director at portofalaska@muni.org or 907-343-6200.


The Port modernization program is not a port expansion project. It is a necessary reconstruction project.



The Port of Alaska’s aging infrastructure has far exceeded its economic and design life.



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