Study finds Anchorage port design is flawed

A study sought by a federal agency finds that the Port of Anchorage project is flawed.

The Anchorage Daily News says the study sought by the U.S. Maritime Administration finds that the design for the port expansion allows for an unacceptable risk of shifting forces during an earthquake. The administration says three of the four port expansion project berths would not meet industry design standards during an earthquake.

But PND Engineers Inc. stands by its design.  Founder Dennis Nottingham said Monday that the design has held up in thousands of earthquakes in numerous projects in Alaska and around the world.

The troubled port project has been stalled since 2010. At that time it was found that numerous steel sheets used in the design had been damaged during installation.