Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Port MacKenzie

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. Our Barge dock is 550 ft. long and -20 ft. at low tide. Our deep draft dock accomodates the largest vessels with -60 ft. of water at low tide.

When complete, 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 moving heavy industrial and bulk materials through Alaska and beyond.

  • 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

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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

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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

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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 $184 million by the Alaska legislature, the project is under construction in segments and needs $125 million to complete. The longest industrial rail loop in the state 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
    (907) 887-4252

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

For interest in using port, contact:
Therese Dolan, Port Operations Manager
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(907) 861-7799

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. 

 

Port Permits

Berthing Application
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Port Development Permit Application
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Terminal Operator Permit
Detail Download

 

 

 

 

Businesses at the Port

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.

Tenants in Transit Terminal Building (coming soon)

 

 

Forms

Port Forms

Berthing Application
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Port Development Permit Application
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Port Tariff
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Terminal Operator Permit
Detail Download

 

 

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?
    The construction of 2/3s of the embankment of the 32-mile Port Mac Rail project is complete. A contractor was clearing the last segment of trees this winter on segment 2. Project funding is $184 million. Rail has been placed on segment 6, which has an operating siding near Houston used today by trains of the Alaska Railroad. The project requires $125 million more to complete. The Borough recently applied for a FastLane grant with the Federal Department of Transportation. McDowell Group completed a study highlighting Port Mac Rail as a marine terminal for future copper concentrates and the terminal for an Alberta to Alaska project for bitumen exports. The project website has a recent map at http://www.portmacrail.com.
  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.