Gateway to the Arctic

The Port of Adak is a logistical gateway, strategically located at the intersection of the North Pacific Great Circle Route and the Northwest Passage, Transpolar and Northern Sea Routes.

Faster Route

Arctic shipping routes between the US West Coast and Europe are up to 40% shorter than the Panama Canal route. Arctic routes between Asia and Europe are up to 50% shorter than the Suez Canal route.

The Aleutian Islands are America’s gateway to the Arctic

In a press release distributed by the American Maritime Partnership, Alaska ranks third in the nation for maritime jobs per capita. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers showed that the maritime industry is worth more than $1 billion annually for Alaska’s economy. Investing in the Port of Adak is an investment in the thousands of Alaskans who make their living on the more than 5400 miles of Alaska’s waterways.

The Port of Adak is ready to contribute to the success of Alaska’s strong maritime industry.

The Aleutian Islands are America’s gateway to the Arctic. Two of the largest world trade routes, the Great Circle Route and the Northern Sea Route intersect just off Adak’s shores. This makes the Port of Adak an ideal location for the future home of Alaska’s transshipping hub.

As the newly developed Northern Sea Route continues to benefit from advancements in icebreaker ship technology, recent announcements out of Russia regarding new 65-megawatt icebreaker ships points to the possibility of expanding the usability of the Northern Sea Route from five months a year to seven months a year. The warming waters of the Arctic will also extend the ice-free season, which allows for container ships not equipped with icebreaker technology to navigate this highly efficient route. Vessels traveling south on the Northern Sea Route can also benefit from Adak’s strategic location by unloading cargo from costly and often inefficient icebreaker container ships and transload on to more efficient ships traveling the Great Circle Route.

Nearly 7,000 vessels a day travel the Great Circle Route. Often, many of the ships are not loaded to full capacity. Adak is primed to be a hub for pick up and/or delivery of containers from the Northern Sea Route awaiting transfer to the Great Circle Route. Operating at full capacity is a major goal of many carriers in the North American West Coast to Asia trade along the Great Circle Route, most of which only operate at about 80% capacity. These ships would have the capability to pick up extra cargo in Adak utilizing modern vessel tracking and vessel dispatch systems to facilitate a shuttle service from the Adak to Asia cargo.

Initial reviews by the Alaska Marine Pilots indicate that even mega containerships could land at Adak, up to the Maersk EEE vessels. The Port of Adak is currently modeling this megaport capability to verify its safety.

In addition to an outstanding location and extensive existing infrastructure, the Port of Adak is also seeking recognition as a Foreign Trade Zone, which would allow the transshipment of foreign origin cargoes without paying U.S. import duties.