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Alaska Keen On Transhipment Port Proposal

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

27 November 2013


Tschudi Shipping, one of the oldest shipping firms in Norway, will begin exploring the possibility of establishing a transhipment port in western Alaska, the state's Lieutenant Governor, Mead Treadwell, has announced.

Tschudi wants to establish a location to serve as an intermediate or transshipment site for goods and commodities shipped to and from Scandinavia and Europe via its port facilities in Kirkenes, Norway along Russia's Northern Sea Route and through the Bering Strait bound for Pacific US, Alaska or Far East ports.

"Felix Tschudi [the company's owner and Chairman] understands the strategic position of Alaska and the practical value of this new ocean that's opening as ice recedes," Treadwell said. "We've long known that ports in western Alaska, including Adak and Dutch Harbor, offer a valuable global location with links to trans-Pacific routes. As we look to develop our Arctic economy, we believe this opportunity to link ports in Europe on trans-Atlantic routes to ports in Alaska will be an important first step."

Treadwell emphasized that collaboration on a potential Alaska transhipment port location has been the direct result of effort from the state's Department of Commerce, cognisant of the fact that ports in Japan and Russia could serve the same purpose.

"Our strategic position in the air cargo world supplies tens of thousands of jobs here today, and trans-polar shipping may have similar potential in the next 50 years," Treadwell identified.

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