Emergency preparedness in Alaska

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

Last week’s stalled food delivery, which left many grocery store shelves bare, followed by Sunday’s 7.1 earthquake has left many people wondering how prepared Alaska is for an emergency. And more importantly, how vulnerable are we in these situations? On this week’s Alaska Edition, we discuss emergency preparedness in the state.

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Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship

Delay continues for Alaska-bound cargo ship

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Annie Zak

A Tote Maritime Alaska ship that was supposed to depart from Tacoma for Anchorage nearly two weeks ago won’t return to service as anticipated on Wednesday.

The North Star, one of the company’s two cargo ships that runs regularly on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, did not leave Washington state as scheduled on Jan. 14 after a mechanical issue was discovered.

A company official said last week that repairs were expected to be completed early Continue reading

Earthquake Shakes Port of Anchorage

Earthquake Shakes Port of Anchorage

The Maritime Executive
By: MarEx

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early on Sunday, and its effects were felt for hundreds of miles from the epicenter. The quake struck at 1:30 AM, at the foot of a mountain chain just west of Cook Inlet, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The Fairbanks-based Alaska Earthquake Center reported a series of aftershocks reaching magnitudes of up to 4.7.

At the Port of Anchorage, officials say that the Continue reading

Powerful earthquake leaves Anchorage Port officials concerned

Powerful earthquake leaves Anchorage Port officials concerned

By: Patrick Enslow

While security camera footage at the Port of Anchorage shows lots of shaking, port officials are saying that the infrastructure suffered minimal damage according to preliminary inspection.

But the 7.1 magnitude earthquake has still raised concerns over what could have happened to the port under different circumstances. Port director Steve Ribuffo says the port was lucky.

“Had that epicenter been closer to Anchorage, I don’t think we would be sitting here talking about it today, Continue reading

Berkowitz wants muni to hire lobbyist to push port renovations in Juneau

KTVA Alaska
By: Eric Ruble

ANCHORAGE – Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is asking the Anchorage Assembly to approve funding to pay for a new lobbyist in Juneau.

For $70,000, consultant Jim Lottsfeldt would join existing lobbyist Wendy Chamberlain in an effort to convince lawmakers to fund an improvement project for the Port of Anchorage.

Officials at the 55-year-old port say the facility is long overdue for renovations. The municipality is asking for $290 million from the state to help fund Continue reading

Mayor Berkowitz seeks to ramp up Anchorage’s lobbying presence in Juneau

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Devin Kelly

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz wants to hire two new lobbyists — one focusing on the Port of Anchorage, the other on the city’s electric utility — to influence Alaska legislators during this year’s session in Juneau.

According to documents submitted to the Anchorage Assembly this week, Berkowitz is seeking a $65,000 lobbying contract with veteran political strategist and consultant Jim Lottsfeldt to work on behalf of the city and the port.

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Judge keeps subcontractors in port lawsuit

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

Subcontractors are still potentially liable for work done years ago on the disastrous Port of Anchorage expansion project, according to a federal court ruling.

U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason ruled Jan. 13 that Quality Asphalt Paving Inc. and MKB Constructors, its working partner on the Anchorage port project in the late 2000s, are still subject to a lawsuit filed by the Municipality of Anchorage because the city never knowingly Continue reading

Port of Anchorage main focus of Berkowitz’s legislative program

Port of Anchorage main focus of Berkowitz’s legislative program

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Devin Kelly

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Thursday he has one main request of the state Legislature this session – adding $290 million for the city’s unfinished Port of Anchorage modernization program to a statewide bond package.

In a presentation to a bipartisan group of legislators from the Anchorage area, Berkowitz said that in the state’s fiscal climate, he’s making the port the city’s sole priority in the upcoming legislative session in Juneau. The Continue reading

Port of Anchorage cargo update

Port of Anchorage cargo update
The Port of Anchorage has experienced an increase in overall tonnage in 2014—the first uptick in three years. Containerized cargo and vehicle tonnage across the dock was up four percent over 2013 numbers, based on business numbers reported by the Port's two resident ocean carriers, Horizon Lines, LLC, and Totem Ocean Trailer Express. Continue reading