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Port of Tacoma and Port of Anchorage fostering relationship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On September 22, 2011 representatives from the Ports of Anchorage and Tacoma gathered to meet and commemorate both the 50th anniversary of the Port of Anchorage and to celebrate the 25 year partner-port relationship between the Port of Anchorage and the Port of Tacoma.  Also present were representatives from the Alaska District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer 48 acres of land from JBER to the Port of Anchorage. The meeting attendees included Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan; Port of Tacoma Commissioner Don Meyer; and representatives from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and Port customers TOTE and Horizon Lines, two major shipping lines that serve Alaska from Tacoma. During the ceremony, Director Bill Sheffield received a plaque from the Port of Anchorage's partner-port, the Port of Tacoma; and the deed for the former Defense Fuel from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Quote from the Mayor: "We appreciate the quarter century of partnership between our two ports. I am confident that our bond will only strengthen as our port expands to meet Alaska's growing needs."

Quote from the Port of Anchorage: "We are honored to have the support of the US military, the Port of Tacoma and our customers. We have celebrated 50 years of uninterrupted service for the state of Alaska and are confident of the future as we expand and work to better serve Anchorage and the entire state."

Quote from Port of Tacoma: “The trade and business connections that we have developed between our two ports over the years have created tremendous economic vitality to the regions and states that we both serve,” said Don Meyer, Port of Tacoma Commissioner. “As we celebrate 25 years of our port partnership, we look forward to strengthening and expanding these valuable connections into the future.”

Quote from USACE: "We're proud to be a long-standing community partner through our dredging program, which keeps shipping lanes open and the port accessible while supporting the ongoing expansion project.  Our role in facilitating the successful transfer of military property to the port represents the further strengthening of this relationship."

Quote from Totem Ocean Trailer Express TOTE: "Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) was pleased to attend the 50th anniversary luncheon today to further support fostering the relationship between the Port of Anchorage, the Port of Tacoma, and TOTE.  We’ve partnered with the Port of Anchorage since 1975 and look forward to many more years, working together to serve the great state of Alaska."

Quote from Horizon: “Shortly after the Good Friday earthquake in 1964, Horizon Lines (formerly Sea-Land) launched service to Alaska and has since enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Port of Anchorage, responsible for 85% of the cargo entering the state.  Horizon Lines moved from the Port of Seattle to the Port of Tacoma in 1985 and we look forward to many more years of continued service to Alaska.”

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