Court hears MARAD case to dismiss port lawsuit

Court hears MARAD case to dismiss port lawsuit

By:  Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

After nearly six years in court, a lawsuit against the federal government worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Anchorage currently hinges on whether or not a commonly invoked working pact can constitute a binding agreement.

Attorneys for the Municipality of Anchorage and the U.S. Maritime Administration spent Feb. 18-19 in a San Francisco courtroom sparring over the enforceability of a memorandum of understanding officials for the city government and federal agency Continue reading

U.S. Lacks Ice Hardened Ships, Repair and Refueling Ports for Arctic Ops

John M. Doyle, Seapower Correspondent

Unlike the South China Sea and other contested areas, the U.S. Navy does not have the capability to conduct freedom-of-the-seas operations in the icebound waters of the Arctic, a key Pentagon official conceded.

With only one heavy and one medium icebreaker and no Navy ships with hulls hardened against ice, “We do have limitations in the Arctic right now,” James H. Anderson, assistant secretary of defense for  strategy, plans and capabilities, told a readiness Continue reading

Maritime Administration announces more than $280 million in grants for US ports

Maritime Administration announces more than $280 million in grants for US ports

American Journal of Transportation

New grants will provide critical infrastructure support

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports.

“Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure investments will improve the regional economy, increase productivity and economic competitiveness, and create more Continue reading

Feds give Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska

Feds give Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

The city of Anchorage landed a $20 million grant to further cut into the cost of rebuilding the Port of Alaska’s cement and petroleum terminal.

The grant, given by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, was announced Tuesday. Port spokesman Jim Jager said Alaska’s congressional delegation helped in securing the grant.

In-water construction of the new terminal will start this spring and finish in fall 2021. It’s expected to cost a little more Continue reading

Sullivan Applauds $20 Million Infrastructure Development Grant for Port of Alaska

Sullivan Applauds $20 Million Infrastructure Development Grant for Port of Alaska

Dan Sullivan
United States Senator for Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $20 million Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grant to the Port of Alaska, located in Anchorage.

“I want to thank Secretary Chao for recognizing the dire state of one of Alaska’s most important pieces of infrastructure and heeding the call of Alaskans by approving this much-needed PIDP grant,” Continue reading

Port of Alaska announces new federal grant

Port of Alaska announces new federal grant

KTUU Channel 2 News
By Matt Leseman

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration announced Tuesday that it will award the Port of Alaska with a $20 million grant to aid in the construction of a new cement and petroleum terminal.

The grant comes on top of another $25 million dollar grant from the DOT in 2019, as well as various other sources of state and federal funding funding the construction, which is estimated to cost just over Continue reading

DOT awards $20 million infrastructure development grant to Port of Alaska

DOT awards $20 million infrastructure development grant to Port of Alaska

KTVA News
By: Joe Vigil

Anchorage municipal manager Bill Falsey called Tuesday a “good day” after it was announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $20 million infrastructure development grant to the Port of Alaska.

Municipal leaders say the Port Infrastructure Development Program grant is on top of a $25 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grant DOT awarded last November.

The grant will go toward the port’s modernization project, which includes construction of a Continue reading

Another bump in federal cash coming to the corroding Port of Alaska

Another bump in federal cash coming to the corroding Port of Alaska

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

The Port of Alaska is getting another boost in federal funding.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office announced Tuesday that the federal Department of Transportation Maritime Administration is awarding a $20 million grant to pay for infrastructure improvements.

“This grant will help restore the Port of Alaska’s status as a safe, cost-effective, reliable and resilient piece of infrastructure,” Sullivan said.

This follows a separate $25 million grant from the Department of Transportation for the Continue reading

MARAD grants the Municipality of Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska project

MARAD grants the Municipality of Anchorage $20 million for Port of Alaska project

ANCHORAGE, AK— The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today that it awarded a $20 million infrastructure development grant to help replace aging Port of Alaska docks.

MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) offered $292.7 million in nationwide grant opportunities in 2019 to pay up to 80 percent of project costs for U.S. coastal seaport improvements. Port of Alaska applied for PIDP funding to help offset construction costs of its new petroleum and cement terminal (PCT) that starts Continue reading

New tariffs on commodities take effect at the Port of Alaska

The Associated Press

The cost of operating some businesses at the Port of Alaska is expected to increase following new tariffs on commodities that took effect with the onset of the new year.

The Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved the tariff increases Dec. 17, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Tuesday.

The tariff hikes include charges on fuel that will increase 4 to 5 cents per year to reach 56.3 cents per barrel by 2029. The final tariff on Continue reading