Engineers estimate that operational restrictions will need to be placed on Port of Alaska’s aging docks by 2025, possibly sooner with another major earthquake. While operating restrictions won’t close the docks, they could begin impacting the tenants’ operational efficiency.
PAMP will replace Port of Alaska’s four terminals, stabilize the North Extension and construct a new Administration Building. The new terminals will be built 140 feet farther into the sea to reduce sedimentation impact and improve berthing safety. These terminals will be constructed to withstand extreme earthquakes, increasing the resiliency of Port of Alaska in a disaster-recovery scenario.
While the schedule is subject to change, Port of Alaska estimates the completion of PAMP in 2032, which is highly dependent on the availability of funding. The first terminal to be constructed, the PCT, was successfully completed in fall 2022. Stabilization of the critical portion of the North Extension and construction of the new Administration Building is expected to be complete in 2024.
Alaska’s harsh climate limits the in-water construction season to 6 months. This shortened season causes the program to take longer than projects constructed in warmer climates. Additionally, Port of Alaska must remain operational, requiring a phased approach.
No. Port of Alaska must remain operational to continue meeting the fuel, cement and cargo needs of Alaskans. For this reason, the program has been split into phased projects designed to allow for construction while maintaining existing operations.
Yes, the new terminals will be constructed to significantly improve resiliency to earthquakes. The new facilities are designed to survive a 1,000-year seismic event (i.e., an earthquake that has a 0.1 percent chance of happening in any given year). This “design earthquake” could produce ground shaking levels that are more than 3 times higher than the levels that occurred in Anchorage during Alaska’s 1964 magnitude 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake.