Port of Anchorage name change proposed

Port of Anchorage name change proposed

KTUU News
By Dan Carpenter

Anchorage (KTUU) An Anchorage Assembly member is seeking to change the name of the Port of Anchorage to the Port of Alaska. Assembly Chair Dick Traini says his motivation for introducing the ordnance next week is to secure funding to make necessary repairs.

“The port of Anchorage is already the port of Alaska,” said Traini, referencing data provided by the port which says the goods that cross its dock service 85% of the Continue reading

Finding Solid Ground

World Cement
By: Rebecca Bowden

The majority of freight and supplies for the state of Alaska enters through the Port of Anchorage. One of these products is bulk powdered cement.

A number of years ago, Alaska Basic Industries, a joint venture between CalPortland and Alaska Sand & Gravel, the terminal owner and operator, looked at various options to increase the storage capacity at the Port of Anchorage. The existing terminal had silo storage that was inadequate to hold the Continue reading

Anchorage’s port is already falling apart. With the clock ticking, who will pay to fix it?

Anchorage’s port is already falling apart. With the clock ticking, who will pay to fix it?

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Devin Kelly

In about 10 years, the docks at the Port of Anchorage will start closing, crippled by corrosion, unless major repairs are made.

But with the clock ticking, it’s still unclear who will pay for it, and how.

Without a big injection of state or federal funding, officials say the port, which opened in 1961, is more likely to resort to a tariff that leads to higher prices on the vast majority of consumer Continue reading

Port of Anchorage at risk of collapsing into Cook Inlet

Port of Anchorage at risk of collapsing into Cook Inlet

KTUU News
By: Blake Essig

Roughly 85% of statewide infrastructure comes into Alaska through the Port of Anchorage, a port that is nearly 60 years old, covered in rust, and according to city officials, at risk of collapsing into the inlet.

“The engineers who do the inspections on an annual basis have told us that we’ve got about 10 more years of useful life in the facility that we have right now,” said Steve Ribuffo, Director, Port Continue reading

Anchorage Assembly OKs new port fuel storage laws, homeless shelter time extension

Alaska Dispatch News
By : Devin Kelly

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday night near-unanimously rolled back a recently enacted safety buffer between the Government Hill neighborhood and new tanks for storing fuel and other hazardous materials at the Port of Anchorage, though such facilities must still pass a public review before being built.

Downtown Assemblyman Christopher Constant and city officials said the goal was to strike a balance between economic expansion at the port and public health and safety. Continue reading

Alaska acquisitions, upgrades exceed $700 million for shipper Matson

Alaska acquisitions, upgrades exceed $700 million for shipper Matson

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Alex DeMarban

A Hawaii-based transportation company has spent more than $700 million to enter the Alaska market over two years by buying up freight companies and upgrading facilities — just as the state’s economy was souring and business was drooping.

But officials with Matson on Tuesday said they are taking a long view and are ready to jump at new opportunities in Alaska, including a rebound in oil patch activity if prices rise Continue reading

Rules scaled-back for the Port by Anchorage Assembly

Rules scaled-back for the Port by Anchorage Assembly

KTUU News
By Dan Carpenter

An amendment to city land use and zoning rules now allows the Port of Anchorage to maintain its storage tanks near Government Hill but requires a public process before any new tanks can be built.

“It is challenging having this amount of chemical, toxic, flammable materials in one location,” said assembly member Amy Demboski as the Anchorage Assembly considered amending Title 21.

On Tuesday, the body approved a proposal from the city to delete the Continue reading

City compromises on fuel tank controversy in Government Hill

City compromises on fuel tank controversy in Government Hill

KTUU News
By: Travis Khachatoorian

After an outcry from the Government Hill neighborhood, the municipality is adding an amendment to a proposed ordinance that would roll back regulations on constructing new fuel tanks at the Port of Anchorage.

The city said the problem stems from changes to the Title 21 zoning laws. The rewrite, enacted in 2016, caused what the municipality described as “unintended consequences,” where the development of new storage containers for hazardous materials, like fuel, could only be Continue reading

Oil Patch Bits: Port of Anchorage lawsuit settled with PND

Petroleum News

The Municipality of Anchorage, which sued PND Engineers Inc. in 2013 over the failed Port of Anchorage intermodal expansion project and sought more than $100 million in damages, has settled with PND for $750,000.

PND was the designer of record on the project, which was halted before completion of the construction. “We are happy to settle this meritless suit against us for less than the cost of going to trial, and move on with the business of engineering,” Continue reading

Anchorage settles with port contractors, MARAD suit ongoing

Anchorage settles with port contractors, MARAD suit ongoing

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

The Municipality of Anchorage has settled its lawsuit against all the private contractors involved in the bungled and scrapped Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project, clearing the way for a renewed court showdown with the federal government.

In less than a week starting Jan. 26, municipal attorneys filed documents in U.S. District Court of Alaska announcing settlements with four defendants — CH2M, GeoEngineers Inc., Integrated Concepts and Research Corp., and PND Engineers Inc. Continue reading