As snowflakes fell on a late-September morning, an Alaska Railroad freight train pulled in to the Fairbanks station. Although it was one of the railroad’s five regularly scheduled freight trains to the Interior city, this train also carried some groundbreaking cargo.
As many readers are aware, one of South Korea’s largest shipping companies, Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., has filed for bankruptcy. The insolvency of Hanjin, which is the world’s seventh largest container line, will have a significant impact on the global transportation and retail sector. Shippers, charterers, freight forwarders, motor carriers, terminal operators, and commercial retailers are now scrambling to reroute $14 billion worth of cargo, which is packed into 540,000 containers and loaded onto any one of Hanjin’s 141 vessels (some owned, some chartered).
Aviation in Alaska just got better. The family-owned airline PenAir, in business for more than sixty years, has invested millions in several bigger, faster aircraft to expedite and increase passenger and freight loads to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor as well as the Pribilof Islands and Bristol Bay.
An ongoing public-private partnership between Vigor Industrial and the state of Alaska is paying off in jobs, long-term contracts, and development at the Ketchikan and Seward marinas.
Officially The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) was launched August 4, 2015, and has been in operation since. According to NWSA Communications Director Tara Mattina, many of the financial changes took place January 1. By either date, “It’s still fairly new,” she says.
It’s been years in the making, but the Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) is getting the long-awaited breakwater so desperately needed to compete as a deep water, ice-free, marine industrial port.
For much of the year, plane-spotting at Alaska’s two largest airports can be a little repetitious. Only a handful of airlines fly in and out year-round. But when tourism season rolls around, the designs on the tail fins get a lot more diverse.
Tatonduk Outfitters Limited, doing business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska, has an origin that embraces the pioneering spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush.
For more than sixty years Crowley has provided Alaska, its people, businesses, and communities with essential fuels as well as energy support and maritime related services.