Nome, Alaska Port Designing Solutions to Accommodate Larger Vessels

March 5, 2024|

(Image courtesy of Port of Nome)


NOME, Alaska – A multi-phase project between the Port of Nome, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two private-sector engineering firms is moving forward.

A regional hub to vessels navigating Norton Sound along the western coast of Alaska, the Port of Nome is embarking on a more than 10-year-long initiative to deepen the port’s existing deep-water basin from 22 feet to 40 feet to make it possible for larger vessels to pass through.

The USACE received $250 million toward the project, which is estimated to cost $548 million total. Officials expect approximately 90 percent of the project’s costs to be funded with federal money.

Phase I, according to private-sector project partners PND Engineers (who is designing the docks and roadways) and CRW Engineering (who is designing the utilities), is expected to last four years and will be the longest phase of the three-phase effort.

Project team members plan to begin Phase I within the month.

Ship transportation is currently limited the 22-foot depth in the port’s outer basin.

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