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Next Anchorage Port Commission Meeting

May 13, 2020 noon-1:30pm: This virtual meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams. Please send an email with the words “Port Commission Meeting” in the subject line to PortOfAlaska@anchorageak.gov before 5 pm on Tuesday, May 12 to request an  email meeting invitation with call-in phone number and log-in information.

Download May 13, 2020 Meeting Agenda – pdf


COVID-19 Update – Port of Alaska maintaining normal cargo operations during pandemic

Matson and TOTE deliver more than 80 percent of all containerized cargo shipped into Southcentral Alaska in two ships each per week that generally arrive in Anchorage on Sundays and Tuesdays. These vessels normally depart Port of Tacoma (WA) on Wednesdays and Fridays and take a little less than three days to reach Anchorage, depending upon weather, tides, etc. TOTE services Alaska with two ships that sail directly between Tacoma and Anchorage. Matson uses three ships that also provide twice-weekly service to Kodiak and once-weekly service to Dutch Harbor.

Worldwide container shipping volumes are down due to COVID-19-related market changes, but Port of Alaska container volumes and ship traffic remain about normal for this time of year. COVID-19 decreases in Alaska market demand for some products has been off-set by COVID-19-driven demand spikes for other goods. Economists anticipate that Alaska cargo loads will fall later this year because of COVID-19-related reductions in Alaska energy and visitor industries.

All 14 Port of Alaska cruise ship visits that were scheduled this season have been cancelled because of COVID-19. Port of Alaska, Matson, TOTE and other shippers all have significant additional capacity to accommodate any freight or fuel shipping needs that might arise to respond to COVID-19.


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.
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Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 9 effective Jan. 1, 2020

Port of Alaska Terminal Tariff No. 9 is effective on Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to view Terminal Tariff No. 9.


$25 million BUILD Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation ensures timely construction of new petroleum and cement terminal:

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Port of Alaska a $25 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant on November 6, 2019 to help fund a new petroleum and cement terminal.