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.
Go to any elementary school library and there’s bound to be a book or two on tug boats. Tugs, barges, and pulling and pushing cargo in stormy seas are as much a part of the American maritime tradition and marine ethos as “deadliest catch” commercial fishing and the prominence of the country’s US Coast Guard protecting domestic waters.
Alaska Business Monthly met the first week of April with Alaska transportation industry leaders to talk about some of the issues facing Alaska, facing the industry, and facing their companies. Saltchuk Managing Director Harry McDonald, Carlile Transportation President Terry Howard, Weaver Bros. Vice President Jimmy Doyle, and Alaska Trucking Association Executive Director Aves Thompson shared industry insights and most of that is in the print edition. In the print edition we edited for brevity and have included more of the discussion here in the online and digital editions.
It is early afternoon in Brevig Mission on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and the kids are clamoring for fresh pizza for dinner. The nearest pizza joint is sixty-five roadless miles away in Nome, but all it takes is a phone call and a couple hours later a half-Hawaiian, half-reindeer sausage pizza from Nome’s Airport Pizza is delivered, courtesy of Bering Air’s regularly scheduled flight.