On Friday, February 28th the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Federal Claims. The defendant is the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, also referred to as MARAD.
The MOA is seeking monetary relief as a result of MARADs breach of its contractual obligations to the customer, the Municipality of Anchorage.
Mayor Sullivan and his administration are committed to ensuring that the Port Intermodal Expansion Project (PIEP) is successfully completed. Work is expected to begin within the next couple weeks with the development of the Project Management Plan (PMP) with the newly awarded project manager, CH2MHILL.
The PMP will be a comprehensive framework, continually updated, to ensure the project is organized and delivered within budget, on schedule, and with the proper project controls established.
Development of the PMP is expected to take about 12 weeks. Over this same 12 week period, the Project Management Office (PMO) will take shape within the Port Administration Offices. The PMO will be staffed full time by the Project Manager Lon Elledge of CH2MHILL, and his core team members.
Mayor Sullivan reports, "It is extremely important that all those responsible for the project not being completed in a timely and cost effective manner be held responsible. The Port of Anchorage is too important for the economy of this entire state to accept the level of mismanagement that occurred."
The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline. The POA provides an estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska's populated area. This includes over 200 villages and rural towns across Alaska. It is the major point of entry for containerized cargo in Alaska and fuel for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ted Stevens International Airport and Southcentral and Western Alaska. Annually, around 240,000 containers move through the Port.
Attachment: MOA Complaint Federal Claim
Video from Press conference: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44483341