Port of Skagway

Skagway’s economy, population growth, and community development are closely tied to the movement of people and goods to and through its port. Strategically located 90 miles northwest of Juneau (Alaska’s capital city) at the northern terminus of the Lynn Canal and at the start of the Klondike Highway, this inter-modal transshipment port provides a vital link between marine and highway transport into and out of the Yukon and Northwest Arctic regions via the Alaskan and Dempster Highways.  Offering a year round connection, Skagway’s port and highway serve as the most cost-effective, year-round shipping route and transportation hub between Alaska, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Asia, and Europe. Lying 110 road miles south of Whitehorse, and 14 miles south of the Canadian, the Port of Skagway provides a two day shipping advantage between the Yukon’s rich resource reserves and Pacific Rim and south Asian markets. The Port also offers the opportunity to transship chilled fish, sea food, and other value-added products to Europe via Whitehorse International Airport, making Skagway prime for ventures that are not only locally focused but also for those with wider regional and international scope.

Skagway has been, and continues to be, an important transportation center in northern Southeast Alaska as well. This is due to its strategic location, its popularity as a tourist destination, and its value as a transshipment terminal for mineral ore, timber, and other goods to and from the Yukon Territory. Skagway has a number of public and private facilities to meet the needs of this transportation and shipping hub.

Port Facilities

Owned and operated by the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. This dock is 1,825 feet long with two additional breasting dolphins and is up to 100 feet wide with a total berthing length of 2000 feet. It holds two large cruise ships and has traditionally been used for containerized and general bulk freight. There is an 800 foot railroad spur onto the dock as well as 80,000 sq. feet (7,432 sq. meters) of uncovered storage space.

Leased by the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, the Broadway dock is primarily used for cruise vessels it comprises of a single berth with a dock length of 650 feet and is capable of accommodating vessels up to 970 feet. This dock has been used in the past to transship timber.

Leased by the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad this dock has traditionally used to ship base ore concentrates, berth bulk fuel barges, and other industrial matter. Currently it still serves ore ships and bulk fuel barges but its primary tenant is larger cruise ships during the summer months. The dock itself is 1600 feet and 1800 feet long with dolphins. The dock has a 64,000 pound (29,000 Kg) GVW vehicle ramp, 1,000 ton (907 metric tons) per hour loading spout, and dock side fuel headers. This dock cannot be used for any cargo transfer due to light duty construction.

Leased by Alaska Marine Lines, barge service is provided on a weekly basis by  from Seattle departing Wednesday and arriving Monday night. The dock has 100 ton (90 metric tons) GVW pass-pass capabilities with two large forklifts of 30 and 45 ton lifting capacity. Storage is available at the dock – uncovered up to 100,000 sq. feet (9,300 sq. meters), and a small covered storage building of 2,000 sq. feet (185 sq. meters).

Leased by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Operated by Mineral Services Inc. The terminal has recently been rebuilt and refurbished to accommodate copper concentrate that has been shipped through Skagway since 2007. Currently there is 120,000 sq. feet (11,150 sq. meters) of open storage adjacent to the Ore Dock and is well suited for large bulk cargoes such as minerals, bulk dry goods, pipeline stock, heavy equipment, timber, and coal.

Shared by the State and Municipality of Skagway, this dock accommodates ferries, small cruise ships and other commercial vessels. The City side has a 2 ton harbor crane for loading and unloading freight and supplies. The dock and transfer bridge have 80 ton (72.5 metric tons) gross deck load capacity with a limited ro-ro barge capability.

The staging area is adjacent to the dock and is 120,000 square feet (11,150 square meters) of fenced uncovered storage. This area is suitable for containers, lumber, scrap metal, general cargo, pipeline stock, and winter boat and vehicle storage.

Owned and Operated by the Municipality of Skagway, the harbor has 140 stalls for pleasure craft, fishing vessels, tugs, charter boats, fast ferries, and other commercial vessels up to 150 feet in length. Harbor amenities include: seasonal potable water, showers and restrooms, power, pump-out facilities, two launch ramps and fuel are available. 20-amp power is available at all docks. haul-outs for shallow draft vessels up to 20 tons and 40 feet are possible with a hydraulic trailer and a 8 foot grid for larger vessels. Uplands there is a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot, and storage with power and water in some areas.

Other Transportation Facilities

Owned and operated by the State of Alaska the airport has a 3,550 foot runway, taxiway, a terminal building housing Alaska Seaplanes, runway lighting, a large apron, and areas sufficient for leasing and development.

This highway is one of three road access points in Southeast Alaska and runs 98 miles North towards Whitehorse Yukon until connecting with the Alaska Highway at mile 874.4. Alaska’s Department of Transportation as well as the Yukon government’s Department of Highways and Public Works maintain this highway year-round, allowing trucks, private cars and other commercial vehicles to reach the Port of Skagway. This highway and its bridges are regulated to allow overweight vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 170,000 lbs.

Privately owned by Survey Pt. Holdings, this narrow-gauge railroad operates seasonally as a tour for those visiting the area. Originally the rail extended from Skagway 110.4-miles to downtown Whitehorse as the transportation and shipping means into the Yukon. Hauling everything from people and cars to ore minerals and other goods. Currently, beyond a tour attraction, the rail line is active from Skagway to Carcross at mile 67.5 and provides seasonal service for hikers and their gear.

Leased by Petro Marine, this is a 4.6 million gallon petroleum product storage facility. A wide range of fuels such as aviation, automotive, heating, and marine diesels are available year round. The plant also carries a complete line of lubricants, additives, sorbents, and oil spill response products. This facility is the main distribution outlet for bulk fuels transferred to the Yukon Territory.