Anchorage Port Survives Nature

by Harry Ekizian, (F.ASCE), Assoc.; Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 12, Pg. 64-67

Document Type: Feature article


Engineering at the Port of Anchorage was complicated by severe ice conditions, extreme tides, a current up to 5 knots which carries a severe ice floe, and poor foundation conditions at the site that required extensive soil and foundation studies. The habor structures are supported by a unique pile system which incorporates batter piles. Successive stages of development have resulted in the construction of a petroleum terminal and three container/general cargo berths. In 1964, the inauguration of the port's facilities for wintertime marine shipping allowed, for the first time, direct transport of supplies to Anchorage for transshipment to population centers in south central and interior Alaska during winter months. In 1964, this wharf system was also one of the few structures to survive the world record earthquake which destroyed other routes to Anchorage.

Subject Headings: Anchorages | Ports and harbors

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