Anchorage receives $25M grant for Port of Alaska upgrades

Anchorage receives $25M grant for Port of Alaska upgrades

Seattle Times
By: The Associated Press

Anchorage has been awarded a $25 million grant to assist with upgrades to the Port of Alaska, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will help fund construction of a new $214 million petroleum and cement terminal that is part of a $2 billion modernization project.

An estimated 85% of Alaska’s homes and businesses rely on cargo from the port, which has fallen into disrepair over the years.

State and other federal funds Continue reading

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

The Port of Alaska is getting $25 million in federal funds to help improve and modernize. The money was announced Wednesday by Alaska’s congressional delegation. It was awarded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Though it’s only a small piece of what’s needed for essential upgrades, officials in Anchorage are pleased.

“It was a very competitive process, but we are happy to receive the maximum award,” said Anchorage Municipal Continue reading

$25M grant awarded for Port of Alaska project

$25M grant awarded for Port of Alaska project

KTVA News
By: Joe Vigil

Alaska’s congressional delegation is announcing a $25 million grant that will help offset the costs of the Port of Alaska’s $2 billion modernization project.

“The Port of Alaska – which provides the vast majority of the food, construction materials, fuel, and other vital goods that Alaskans rely on – is in danger from crumbling infrastructure,” the delegation wrote in a news release Wednesday.

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan plus Rep. Don Continue reading

Anchorage lands $25M grant for construction of cement and petroleum terminal at port

Anchorage lands $25M grant for construction of cement and petroleum terminal at port

Anchorage Daily News
By: Aubrey Wieber

The city of Anchorage has been awarded a $25 million federal grant to help pay for fixing the damaged Port of Alaska.

The money will be used to construct a new petroleum and cement terminal, a $214 million project, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Wednesday.

“This enhances Anchorage and Alaska’s resilience in the face of any disruptions such as earthquakes,” Berkowitz said.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation helps offset an $80 million Continue reading

Opinion: Investing in Alaska’s infrastructure will benefit all Alaskans

Juneau Empire
By: Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse (Opinion)

Alaska has an opportunity to become a major supplier of copper at a time when global demand is on the rise, as more innovations like electric vehicles, alternative energy and battery storage are developed to lower the world’s carbon footprint. The world needs copper and Alaska needs infrastructure to deliver it; the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project or AMDIAP is part of the solution.

It takes an estimated five to 15 times Continue reading

Upgrading seismic resiliency at the Port of Alaska

Upgrading seismic resiliency at the Port of Alaska

By Derek Minemyer
KTUU News

Repair work to earthquake-damaged piling at the Port of Alaska is wrapping up ahead of winter, and port managers are looking at what comes next.

Engineer inspections performed after the 2019 snow melt revealed more damage than port managers could see in the aftermath of the earthquake. They found that 20 percent of piles holding up POL2, a dock receiving petroleum, oil and cement imports, had failed. This failure was so severe that the Continue reading

Port Commission votes to increase tariffs to support Petroleum Cement Terminal

Port Commission votes to increase tariffs to support Petroleum Cement Terminal

By Kristen Durand
KTUU News

The Port Commission voted on a plan to finance a project that would bring part of the Port of Alaska – which handles about half of all Alaska inbound marine cargo – to fully operational status. The $81 million project would be partially funded by a raise in tariffs.

The current tariff at the port will be expiring at the end of the year, so Wednesday the commission met to discuss those changes, as Continue reading

Port commission tackles tariff schedule with year-end deadline

Port commission tackles tariff schedule with year-end deadline

By: Elwood Brehmer
Alaska Journal of Commerce

The traditionally mundane process of updating the fees charged to use the Port of Alaska has turned contentious as city officials search for ways to pay for repairing the ailing docks.

Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey told the Anchorage Assembly’s Enterprise and Utility Oversight Committee Oct. 17 that port managers had come up with four basic options for updating the tariffs levied on the goods and materials that cross the docks Continue reading

Commentary: Port of Alaska’s resiliency puzzle

Commentary: Port of Alaska’s resiliency puzzle

By: Darren Prokop

Logistics in Alaska can be both amazing and frustrating. Alaska is the most expansive and diverse logistics laboratory in the United States. Take the largest state in the nation, yet the third least-populated, spread the people throughout the state, support them with only basic infrastructure having little to no redundancies, separate them from the rest of civilization by the vast Northern Pacific Ocean and the expanses of the Yukon Wilderness, and toss in the prevalence of bitter Continue reading

KTUU News
By Derek Minemyer

Outlining a path to the future for the Port of Alaska — a recent Municipal report revealing how long improvements could take, how much they’ll cost … and who’s going to pay for them.

The price tag has gone up almost 300 percent since 2014: Originally estimated at $485 million, the cost of the Port of Alaska Modernization Project is now $1.932 billion. But, authors of the new Municipal report say costs for upgrades Continue reading