Lawsuit against MARAD may proceed

Lawsuit against MARAD may proceed

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

A federal judge denied the U.S. Maritime Administration’s motion for judgment in Anchorage’s lawsuit against the agency over more than $300 million in failed construction at the city’s port done more than a decade ago.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Edward J. Damich rejected the Maritime Administration’s arguments that memorandums of understanding signed in 2003 and 2011 outlining the city’s and agency’s roles in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project were Continue reading

Work continues on new terminal at Port of Alaska

Work continues on new terminal at Port of Alaska

KTVA News
By: Dave Leval

There’s a lot of hammering at the Port of Alaska, as crews work on the dock that will house the new Petroleum and Cement Terminal.

“What we’re seeing behind us is the ability for to move petroleum and cement as we rebuild the state, as we build into the future,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

The structure will replace Petroleum Oil Lubricants Terminal 1, which opened in 1965. It’s now severely corroded and Continue reading

With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

Anchorage Daily News
By: Marc Lester

Many of the Alaska’s most popular musical artists performed Tuesday at the Ship Creek small-boat launch, though no large crowd gathered to see them.

Videos captured there will become the AK4AK virtual music festival, which will debut online starting at 6 p.m. May 1.

Organizers, including Showdown Productions and Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant, say the event was inspired by the sacrifices Alaskans made to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases and to Continue reading

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

KTVA News
By: Samantha Davenport

After hosting a successful livestream last month, Showdown Alaska is partnering with Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant to bring Alaskans together — social distancing style.

AK4AK, a virtual music festival, will raise money for the Food Bank of Alaska. The festival will take place May 1 from 6-10 p.m.

Performers include Blackwater Railroad Co., Medium Build, H3, DJ Spencer Lee, Emma Hill, Ava Earl, Jaybird Parkhurst and other local artists.

Hellen Payares and Raymond Continue reading

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

American Shipper
By: Chris Gillis 

A COVID-19 infection that shut down Customs and Border Protection’s office at the port on Thursday will not impact cargo operations, the agency said.

The Port of Alaska at Anchorage serves as a lifeline for many Alaskan residents that benefit from scheduled container loads of groceries and other consumer products from the Lower 48 states.

While public nerves in the state were rattled by supply concerns when Alaska’s governor on March 27 issued a Continue reading

No, the Port of Alaska is not closing for 2 weeks

No, the Port of Alaska is not closing for 2 weeks

KTUU News
By Mary Kate Burgess

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol notice about the Anchorage Port of Entry had some Alaskans concerned about the transfer of goods through the Port of Alaska.

For those Alaskans worrying, the Port of Alaska is not closing. The business office of the Port of Entry of Anchorage, which is run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is closing for two weeks.

Jim Jager with the Port of Alaska said the USC&BP Continue reading

Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

By KTUU News 

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and officials from shipping companies gathered at the Port of Alaska to deliver a reassuring message to an anxious public: Alaska’s supply chain is resilient and so far is continuing uninterrupted.

“Those goods are going to continue to arrive,” Berkowitz said, surrounded by representatives from the Port of Alaska, Matson, Tote, Marathon Petroleum, Saltchuk, and Port union workers. “I will point out, in those 600 containers are containers include the toilet Continue reading

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

KTVA News
By: Joe Vigil

As Alaskans continue to see empty grocery store shelves for some items in some stores, KTVA recently asked some major Alaska shipping companies if there are any supply chain issues right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The supply chain is healthy. It is working. The goods are coming to market,” said Matson Alaska Senior Vice President Bal Dreyfus.

Some shippers and Port of Alaska officials say what people are seeing at grocery stores Continue reading

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

On Sunday morning, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz stood on a third-story deck overlooking the Port of Alaska, where workers were unloading 1,200 shipping containers of goods.

In two days, another 1,200 will arrive on Anchorage’s shore.

Berkowitz was intentionally addressing news media with a busy port as the backdrop. He wants to dispel rumors that the coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain, which has prompted residents to make a run on grocery stores, Continue reading

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

By Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Flanked by representatives of various levels in the supply chain at the Port of Alaska on Sunday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said there’s no need to worry about any potential breakdown in the supply chain that puts products on shelves of Alaska’s stores.

“The ships are arriving today, they will arrive later in the week. They will do it again next week, twice, and they will continue to do that,” Berkowitz said. Continue reading