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Port of Anchorage Tenants

SOURCE: Port of Anchorage


he Port of Anchorage, via its major stakeholders, serves business and communities throughout the State of Alaska. The stakeholders are listed below:  Port of Anchorage  TOTE Maritime Alaska  Matson, Inc.

 Tesoro  Crowley  Aircraft Services International Group (ASIG)  Flint Hills Resources  Alaska Basic Industries  Delta Western

utility. A road had to be built to the port to connect it with the Point MacKenzie Road that in turn connects with the Knik-Goose Bay Road and the Parks Highway. The nearest city thirtyeight miles away by road is Wasilla, population 8,850. By boat, the nearest city to Port Mac­ Kenzie is Anchorage, population around three hundred thousand, less than two miles away.

A Matter of Intention

Despite the seemingly odd choice of location from the shoreside perspective, Port MacKenzie was situated by deliberate design according to Van Dongen. “I was hired in 1999 to build a port to export natural resources,” he says. He looks to the future. Once the roads and railroad loop are in place Port MacKenzie is a relative stone’s throw from billions of dollars of mineral resources. As early as 1973 a deep water port facility was presented to a joint MatSu Borough/Anchorage City Council meeting proposing the idea of a regional port authority that would also build and manage a port at Point MacKenzie. The aim was to develop the new port as an export facility that would primarily “open mining areas in the Mat-Su Borough for development,” as well as provide additional cargo container service. “Sand, gravel, coal, copper, lead, zinc, limestone, wood chips; all these commodities are more suited to be moved out of Port MacKenzie,” says Van Dongen, expanding on the earlier ongoing plans for the port. Rapid economical movement of these resources is available with the five-foot wide conveyor system capable of moving up to two thousand tons of commodities per hour from the bluff a half-mile from the dock directly to the ships’ bunkers. With the deeper draft facility, “MacKenzie can accommodate Panamax sized and even the super-sized, Cape class vessels,” he says. This is critical from a business perspective as the vessels arrive in ballast (that is empty of value cargo) and fill up with raw resources. With one voyage not generating revenue, the return voyage is made profitable only by the large volume of paying product.

Current Commercial Activity

The activities at the Port of Anchorage are so important to the economy that the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation includes it as one of eight key indicators in the “2015 3-Year Economic Outlook.” The Port of Anchorage serves most of Alaska from Homer at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula to the North Slope above the Arctic Circle via rail, road, and air. The US Department of Defense designated it one of twenty-three National Strategic Ports, underscoring proximity to Russia and Asia. All of the jet fuel for Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson and most of the jet fuel for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport comes through the port. A new petroleum product—metha104

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