PAMP is comprised of eight projects. You can hover your mouse over the “before and after” image below to see the current conditions of the Port and the eight projects that are planned. Note that the depiction of Cargo Terminal 2 includes a potential design modification.
Petroleum and Cement Terminal
Crews completed the new Petroleum and Cement Terminal (PCT) in 2022. Completion of this terminal represents a significant milestone in PAMP. The new PCT is the first terminal completed and ensures the Port can meet Alaska’s fuel and cement needs into the future. The PCT was completed using a combination of Port of Alaska, state and federal funds.
The PCT is a pile-supported dock that serves as one of Port of Alaska’s two petroleum terminals and is Alaska’s only dock equipped with a bulk cement unloading and transfer system. It is located next to Alaska Basic Industries’ cement storage dome. The new PCT will replace the Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants Terminal 1 (POL1), which was built in 1965. POL1 is severely corroded and suffered significant structural damage during the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in November 2018. It will be demolished as part of the replacement of Cargo Terminals 1 and 2.
Cargo activities operate year-round, providing 90% of Alaska residents with important life-sustaining necessities like food, consumer goods, building materials and cars. Replacing existing Port cargo facilities is key to ensuring the continued vitality of Alaska.
Preliminary design of the cargo terminals was completed in late 2022. Engineers will now start working on the final design. The team is applying for federal grants to obtain funding to build the terminals. Once full funding is obtained, crews will begin construction of Cargo Terminal 1 in 2025 and Cargo Terminal 2 in 2028. The existing cargo terminals will be demolished as a part of this project.
The new terminals will replace the existing ones with seismically capable structures built 140 feet seaward of the existing structure to reduce sedimentation impact, improve berthing safety, and allow for continued Port operations during construction. Both cargo terminals will support general cargo handling and operations and mooring for military and cruise ships.
Port of Alaska’s existing cargo terminals.
North Extension Stabilization – Step 1 (NES1)
The North Extension Stabilization – Step 1 (NES1) project is underway and will stabilize a critical section of the failed North Extension directly adjacent to the shipping lane. Crews will cut sheet pile, remove fill and add cement to strengthen the remaining soil. The North Extension was originally built in 2009 to serve as an intermodal expansion but was deemed a failure in 2012 by the Municipality of Anchorage and its advisors. The new alignment will result in a much safer and more easily navigatable berthing for vessels at the cargo terminals during and after construction. Construction began in spring 2023.
In 2022, the Port received a $68.7 million federal grant for NES1.
It was the largest Ports and Infrastructure Development Grant
Aerial view of the North Extension.
North Extension sink-hole at high tide.
Construction of the new Administration Building is underway. The existing Administration Building is located on the original deteriorated cargo terminal platform and will be demolished during cargo terminal construction. The new Administration Building is being constructed onshore and is anticipated to be completed in early 2024. Timely relocation of Port administration functions to the new building will make way for construction of the new cargo terminals.
Concrete work begins.
Planning for future projects
While the PCT, Cargo Terminals 1 and 2, Administration Building and NES1 are the most critical projects for keeping goods flowing into Alaska, the team continues to plan for the remaining projects, which include:
Once funding is secured, crews will replace the existing Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants Terminal 2 (POL2) with a new Petroleum Terminal (PT). The modernized PT will accommodate larger, more modern petroleum shipping vessels year-round.
North Extension Stabilization Step 2 (NES2)
Crews will demolish the failing sheet pile system and stabilize the shore for the rest of the North Extension. This area is not expected to affect Port of Alaska operations.
Demolition of Remaining Cargo Terminal
Since the remaining cargo terminal does not obstruct Port operations or construction of the new cargo terminals, it will be demolished at the end of the program.
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