Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Port MacKenzie

The development of a deep water port and industrial/commercial area at Point MacKenzie has long been discussed. Today, Port MacKenzie is expanding with new infrastructure development to efficiently create new employment opportunities, attract capital investment from private companies, stimulate economic development, and provide additional revenues to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Port MacKenzie has 9,033 acres, 14 square miles, within the port district dedicated to commercial and industrial development. The docks are designed to efficiently export natural resources, but we can accommodate many other types of cargoes.

Port MacKenzie, located in Upper Cook Inlet, is a young port with goals for the future including a rail loading facility, fuel tank farm, and promoting the creation of a potential petrochemical facility or LNG plant. We recently expanded our Bulkhead Barge dock to 14.7 acres and plan to increase the size of our deep-draft dock with two new trestles and a second conveyor system to allow us to efficiently import and export multiple commodities simultaneously.

The coming Port MacKenzie Rail Extension will create the shortest rail route from the Interior to tidewater, providing the tipping point for new mineral production and the increasing exports of bulk resources.

Port MacKenzie is doing exactly what it was designed to do. Move heavy industrial and bulk materials through Alaska and beyond.

  • America’s northernmost deep draft dock will be connected to rail in 2016
  • The rail loop will be the longest industrial loop in the state for efficient offloading from railcar to ship
  • 14 square miles of industrial area—no other Alaska port has the space
  • A recently expanded barge dock and the expansive uplands make Port MacKenzie ideal for large industrial projects and value-added exports

Infrastructure

Barge Dock

The newly expanded bulk head barge dock has a 14.7 acre gravel surface at -20’ mean lower low water (MLLW) with a 500’ sheet pile face for docking. The load capacity of the gravel pad is 1,000 lbs./sq ft. A bull rail lines the sheet pile face and tire fenders are used to protect vessels. Bollards are available for tie up.

Deep-Draft Dock

The 1200’ deep-draft dock, at -60’ mean lower low water (MLLW) can accommodate panama and cape class vessels. 3-Phase electric power is available on the dock. This dock is equipped with a 5’ wide conveyor system capable of loading bulk commodities at 2,000 tons/hour.

Terminal Building

The 7000 square foot terminal building is located on the SE corner of the barge dock. It has two fire hydrants, lobby and bathrooms downstairs, there are 6 offices upstairs for lease, bathrooms with showers, and a kitchenette. Utilities include fuel oil heat, electricity, water, sewer, telephone, and DSL internet service. For lease rates, contact us.

Point MacKenzie Port District

The Port District consists of 9,033 acres of uplands available for commercial/industrial development. The Port MacKenzie Master Plan outlines land use designations and provides guidelines for future port improvements and development through 2031.

Port MacKenzie Rail Extension

The 32-mile rail link will shorten the distance between the Interior and tidewater, creating the tipping point for the development of new industries with low transportation costs. Already funded $115 million by the Alaska legislature, the project is under construction in segments and expected to be completed in 2016. The longest industrial rail loop in the Port will provide for efficient movement of materials between ship, rail, truck and barge.

Tariff Information

Provides the terms, conditions, rules, regulations, charges, and rates for operations at Port MacKenzie

Temporary storage on the dock is allowed for up to 5 days on inbound freight and up to 10 days on outbound freight. After expiration of free time, wharf demurrage will be assessed at $.75/ton/day for the first three days and $1.50/ton/day after 3 days.

Businesses Operating in the Port District:

  • Alutiiq Manufacturing Contractors (AMC)
    (907) 222-9526 or (907) 222-9500
  • NPI, LLC - Off-loading assistance
    (907) 357-3722
  • WestPac Logistics
    Full service Transportation and Logistics Company owned by Koniag, Inc.
    www.westpaclogistics.com
    (907) 306-9314

For information on lease rates, contact:
Borough's Land Department
(907) 861-7869

For interest in using port, contact:
Marc Van Dongen, Port Director
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(907) 861-7798

Following are some selected tariff rates:

Bulk Commodities (via conveyor)
$1.25/ton
Vans or Containers (min. 8' x 20')
$2.00/ton
Iron or Steel Materials
$3.00/ton
Vehicles and Heavy Equipment
$5.00/ton
Mobile or Modular Buildings
$5.50/ton
Freight N.O.S. (not otherwise specified)
$2.50/ton

Permits

Prior to using the facilities at Port MacKenzie, one or more of the following permits may be required. The purpose for each permit is defined below. Access permit forms on the Port MacKenzie Forms page.

Terminal Operator Permit

Provides the authorization to furnish terminal services in connection with a common carrier or in connection with a common carrier and a water carrier. A marine terminal operator includes, but is not limited to, common carriers who perform port terminal services such as: stevedoring, trucking, warehousing, off-dock yard operations, equipment procurement, rail yard operations, etc.

Vessel Dockage/Berthing Application

Provides authorization and agreement to the terms to dock/berth at Port MacKenzie, including estimated date and time of arrival, vessel information, dock assignment, cargo information, and information regarding the applicant.

Development Permit

Required for any development of use described in MSB 17.23.150B. A pre-application meeting is required. This permit may only be issued to the lessee or lessee’s authorized representative. The application must contain all information necessary to determine compliance with Borough Code, MSB lease performance standards, special conditions, development plan, lease amendments, or other written MSB approval.

Private Businesses at the Port

Alutiiq

Alutiiq Manufacturing Company (AMC) was the first business to locate at Port MacKenzie and was the first company to ship from the newly constructed Barge Dock in July of 2001. Alutiiq operates a production facility on their lease at Port MacKenzie which specializes in the construction of manufactured buildings, including; modular homes, electrical modules for the North Slope oil fields, office buildings, dining facilities, range buildings, bunkers for the military, a large building for Alyeska ski resort, pre-fabricated houses, and other projects.  These buildings have been transported to their destinations via tidewater and land. John Manion, Manager, (907) 357-4283.

Central Alaska Energy, LLC

Central Alaska Energy LLC is developing a 4.8 million gallon fuel terminal at Port Mackenzie.  The facility will be capable of storing several grades of product for a variety of commercial customers.  The terminal will have access to multiple fuel sources in Alaska as well as the lower 48 or international supply.  Options for petroleum distribution will include fuel trucks, rail cars, and marine vessels via pipeline to/from the Port MacKenzie Dock.  The new terminal will serve industrial customers requiring physical storage or secure pricing for their petroleum products.
Justin Charon, office number (907) 440-0769.

NPI, LLC

NPI, LLC was the initial cornerstone business to lease land in the Port District. NPI built the multi-commodity conveyor system and began exporting wood chips in 2005 and in the process, docked the first commercial vessel in the Port’s short history. NPI exported wood chips to South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan until 2007. NPI also constructed a 24,000 square foot warehouse and began importing steel and cement with another Alaskan owned business. In 2010, NPI coordinated the deepest draft vessel to ever navigate Upper Cook Inlet and dock at Port MacKenzie for a test coal shipment. Dane Crowley, Manager, (907) 357-3722.

WestPac Logistics

WestPac Logistics is a full service transportation and logistics company who offers scheduled barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Port MacKenzie. Other capabilities include all types of specialized cargo handling and project logistics. They are set up with dependable equipment and experienced personnel to handle most projects. They also have a 230 Ton Manitowoc Crane. WestPac Logistics is a subsidiary of Koniag, Inc. For a 2013 sailing schedule visit www.westpaclogistics.com. If you have any other questions email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (907) 306-9314.

Tenants in Transit Terminal Building (coming soon)

Directions

The Port is located at 28000 S. Don Young Road.

Directions to Port From Wasilla:

Miles to port: Approximately 38 miles. Approximately 1.5 hours driving time.

From Alaska Highway 3/ George Parks Highway head south on Knik-Goose Bay Road for 17.2 miles. Take right onto Point MacKenzie Road (mile 17.2 Knik-Goose Bay Road) and continue 7.5 miles down Point MacKenzie Road to the "T" where you take a left onto Point MacKenzie Road for another 14.2 miles.

Directions to Port From Anchorage:

Miles to port: Approximately 86 miles. Approximately 2.25 hours driving time.

Head north on Alaska Highway 1 Glenn Highway to Wasilla approximately 60 miles to Knik-Goose Bay Road in Wasilla. Head south on Knik-Goose Bay Road for 17.2 miles. Take right onto Point MacKenzie Road (mile 17.2 Knik-Goose Bay Road) and continue 7.5 miles down Point MacKenzie Road to the "T" where you take a left onto Point MacKenzie Road for another 14.2 miles.

FAQ

  1. What are the facilities at Port MacKenzie?
    Port MacKenzie is located in Upper Cook Inlet which has a tidal range of 41 feet, among the highest in the world. Port MacKenzie consists of a 14.7 acres barge dock with a 500’ bulkhead at -20’ mean lower low water (MLLW), a 1,200’ long deep-draft dock at -60’ MLLW, and 9,033 acres (14 square miles) of adjacent uplands which are available for commercial lease. There is a filter rock ramp adjacent to the south wingwall of the barge dock which is useable one hour before high tide until one hour after high tide for vessels with ramps. The barge dock has a gravel surface with a load capacity of 1,000 lbs./sq ft. The deep-draft dock is equipped with a 5’ wide conveyor system capable of loading bulk commodities at 2,000 tons/hour. There is a 7,000 square foot terminal building located on the barge dock with office space available for lease.
  2. What is the largest vessel ever docked at Port MacKenzie?
    We have the deepest draft capability in upper Cook Inlet. The largest vessel we have docked at our Port has been a Super Panamax vessel with a length of 754’ and depth of 45.3’; we have docked many Panamax Class vessels and have the capability of docking Cape Class vessels. The face of our Deep-Draft dock is 1200’ at -60’ at Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).
  3. What type of products can be shipped to and from the Port?
    We specialize in bulk commodities such as gravel, coal, wood chips, cement, etc. However, we have also shipped modular homes, oil field modules for the North Slope, logs, and heavy equipment.
  4. Where have most of your exports been shipped to?
    Most of our exports have gone to the North Slope, South Korea, Japan, and China.
  5. Does the Port have any material handling equipment available?
    A privately owned 5’ wide conveyor capable of loading bulk commodities at 2,000 tons/hour. A 230 ton Manitowoc and a 3900 Manitowoc crawler crane (100 ton) are available for lease.
  6. What on-port services does Port MacKenzie have?
    Port MacKenzie has 3-Phase electrical power, power capstans, quick release hooks, two fire hydrants, high mast lights, and a telephone booth. Fuel service, waste oil disposal, and garbage disposal may be contracted as needed.
  7. Does Port MacKenzie employ the workforce to load or unload cargo?
    All handling, loading, and unloading services are the responsibility of the shipper, vessel owner, or agent. Completion of the Port MacKenzie Terminal Operator Permit is required for any qualified agent desiring to provide longshore services at the terminal facilities.
  8. Is there space available to store materials on the dock?
    Yes, we have 14.7 acres available on the barge dock that can be utilized for temporary storage of materials as well as 14 square miles of uplands available for commercial lease. Contact Marc Van Dongen, Port Director at (907) 861-7798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specific information.
  9. What are the fees associated with shipping to and from Port MacKenzie?
    Some of the fees are listed above, an all of the fees associated with shipping are listed in the Port Tariff document.
  10. How do I reserve space at the dock and make arrangements for shipping?
    Contact Marc Van Dongen, Port Director at (907) 861-7798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and scheduling.
  11. Are there rail facilities at Port MacKenzie?
    There are plans for a rail line at Port MacKenzie. The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has teamed with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) to design and construct a rail extension from the Parks Highway to Port MacKenzie. The rail extension project is owned and operated by ARRC, and the MSB, as owner of Port MacKenzie, is the project sponsor. The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has approved the Environmental Impact Statement and selected a route to construct a 32.1 mile rail line from the Parks Highway to Port MacKenzie. We have secured much of the funding needed to begin construction of the rail extension, but are waiting on the Record of Decision before procurement can begin. More detailed information on the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension project may be found at www.portmacrail.com or on the ARRC’s website at: http://alaskarailroad.com under “solicitations.” This legacy project will be of great benefit to the entire State of Alaska by providing a shorter distance to tidewater for bulk transport of goods and commodities between Port MacKenzie and Interior Alaska. The rail extension has the potential to open new markets for minerals and stimulate the creation of new Alaskan jobs.
  12. Who do I contact to find out about leasing commercial land at Port MacKenzie?
    Contact the Borough’s Land Department for information on leasing property at (907) 861-7869. Business or Non-Profit Lease and Permit applications can be found on the Land Management Forms page.
  13. What is the latitude and longitude location of the port?
    Latitude: 61° degrees, 16' seconds, north 05.1975; Longitude: 149° degrees, 55' seconds, west 01.4174
  14. How can I find out when the Port is bidding construction projects?
    All contract opportunities are listed on the website.