Shipping + Barge Services To and From Alaska


For the past 20 years SeaTac Marine Services has been moving cargo from Seattle to Alaska and locations all along the Pacific Rim.

We specialize in efficient, cost effective and safe operations.

As a full service transportation company, we work with you to find a comprehensive and effective way to move, haul and ship your cargo. From odd-shaped and oversized items, to bulk commodities, lumber and aggregates we have the hands on experience that you need. 

Our steel deck barges have capacities of up to 11,000 tons, are ABS classed and Jones Act compliant. With our seasoned team of in-house stevedores, we can handle and transport a wide variety of goods and commodities. Products and materials of all kinds can be received direct to our facility via truck, rail and vessel. We work with you to address your specific needs including delivery to a distribution center, plant or specific job site.

  1. Our Shipping + Barge Services

    In the dynamic and demanding world of maritime logistics, SeaTac Marine has a proven track record of capability and expertise, especially in managing a wide array of shipping and barge services to Alaska. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet the complex needs of our clients navigating the unique challenges of shipping to Alaska. Whether it's a straightforward shipment or a highly specialized transport request, our seasoned team can handle shipping and barge demands with unparalleled efficiency and reliability.

  2. Below is a snapshot of our most popular services, each underscored by our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction in the Alaskan maritime logistics sector:

Heavy Lift and Oversized Cargo: Our proficiency in managing the logistics of heavy lift and oversized cargo ensures safe, timely, and efficient delivery in Alaska.

Break Bulk and Commodities: With our expert handling of break bulk and commodities, we guarantee the seamless transport of goods to Alaska, optimizing supply chain efficiency.

  1. Environmental Recyclables & Waste: Our dedicated approach to shipping environmental recyclables and waste to and from Alaska reflects our commitment to sustainability and the protection of natural resources.

  2. Specialized Equipment: The transportation of specialized equipment to Alaska stands as a testament to our tailored solutions, designed to meet the specific requirements for each client.

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  1. Questions About Shipping To Alaska


  4. Who ships freight to Alaska?

    SeaTac Marine specializes in providing comprehensive barge services to Alaska, catering to clients who require reliable and efficient freight transportation solutions. We ship freight to and from Alaska for a diverse range of industries and needs, including but not limited to, clients involved in:

  • Construction and Infrastructure Development: Companies seeking to transport heavy machinery, construction materials, and modular buildings to support Alaska's growing infrastructure.
  • Oil and Gas Sector: Businesses within the oil and gas industry that need to move specialized equipment, supplies, and materials to and from remote drilling sites and projects.
  • Mining Operations: Mining companies requiring safe and efficient shipment of heavy machinery, equipment, and extracted resources from mining sites in Alaska.
  • Environmental and Waste Management: Organizations focused on sustainability, shipping recyclable materials and managing waste products responsibly.
  • Government and Defense: Federal and state government entities, including the military, needing to transport equipment, supplies, and materials for various projects and operations within Alaska.

Our tailored barge services to Alaska are designed to meet the unique logistical challenges posed by the region's geography and climate, ensuring that our clients' freight reaches its destination safely, efficiently, and on time.

How much does it cost to ship freight to Alaska?

The cost of shipping freight to Alaska can vary widely based on several factors. Understanding the key elements that influence shipping rates can help provide a general idea of the potential costs involved. Here are the main factors that impact the cost of shipping to Alaska:

  • Type of Cargo: The nature of the items being shipped (e.g., heavy machinery, modular homes, etc.) significantly affects the price. Specialized or hazardous materials often require additional handling and precautions, increasing costs.
  • Weight and Volume: Shipping costs are directly influenced by the weight and size of the cargo. Heavier and larger shipments typically cost more due to the increased space and weight capacity they require.
  • Distance and Location: The further the destination or the more remote it is, influence shipping costs. Shipping to major ports in Alaska might be less expensive than delivering to more secluded areas due to accessibility and the distance from shipping hubs.
  • Handling: Depending on how much handling, packing and organization needed can affect the price.
  • Additional Services: Costs may increase with added services such as special handling, insurance.

To get a more accurate estimate of the shipping costs to Alaska, contact us. We can provide a quote based on the specific details of your shipment.

How do I get something shipped to Alaska?

Shipping freight to Alaska involves a few key steps to ensure your items arrive safely, efficiently, and within your budget. Here's a general guide on how to get something shipped to Alaska:

  • Determine Your Shipping Needs and Destination: Identify the type of goods you're shipping, their size, weight, and any special handling requirements they may have. Knowing exactly where your cargo needs to go and can help in choosing the right shipping service.
  • Get a Quote: Contact us to get a quote. Provide us with details about your shipment, including dimensions, weight, type of cargo, preferred shipping method, and delivery timeline. Customs and international cargoes can be factored in as well.
  • Prepare Your Shipment: For oversized or heavy items, we will consult with you on the best practices for preparation for your cargo.
  • Complete Necessary Documentation: Fill out any required paperwork, which may include a bill of lading, commercial invoice, and, if applicable, hazardous materials documentation. Accurate and complete documentation is crucial for smooth customs clearance and delivery.
  • Choose Insurance and who will carry it: Consider purchasing shipping insurance to protect your goods against loss, damage, or theft during transit.
  • Track Your Shipment: Once your cargo is in route, monitor the progress of your shipment. This will help you stay informed about its location and estimated delivery time.
  • Receive Your Shipment: Make arrangements for receiving the shipment at its destination. Our terminal services in Alaska can help coordinate receiving shipments, unloading and setup.

Are there special considerations when shipping to Alaska?

Yes, shipping heavy cargo to Alaska involves several special considerations due to its unique geographic location, climate, and logistical challenges. Understanding these factors is crucial for ensuring a smooth and efficient shipping process. Here are some of the key considerations:

  • Geography and Accessibility: Many areas in Alaska are remote and accessible only by sea, making transportation potentially more complex.
  • Climate and Weather Conditions: Alaska's harsh weather conditions, including extreme cold, snow, and ice, can impact shipping schedules and require special packaging and handling to protect cargo.
  • Regulatory Requirements: Shipping to Alaska may involve specific regulatory requirements, especially for transporting hazardous materials or international cargoes. We have familiarity with state and federal regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Seasonal Variations: The best time for shipping can vary significantly depending on the destination within Alaska. Some regions are more accessible during certain seasons due to ice melt or other weather-related factors. This is especially important when hauling cargoes to the North Slope and arctic regions.
  • Infrastructure Limitations: Limited infrastructure in remote areas can affect the final delivery of goods. For example, seasonality of road closures and icing over. Understanding these limitations and planning accordingly, possibly by using local distribution services, is important.
  • Cost Considerations: Due to the factors above, shipping to Alaska can be more expensive than shipping within the contiguous United States. Budgeting for higher costs is a necessary part of planning.
  • Insurance: Given the unique risks associated with shipping to Alaska, securing comprehensive insurance coverage for your cargo is advisable to protect against loss or damage.
  • Packaging Requirements: Proper packaging to withstand rough handling and extreme weather conditions is critical. This may involve using waterproof materials, insulation, and sturdy containers.
  • Local Knowledge and Expertise: Working with shipping companies or freight forwarders such as SeaTac Marine that have experience and local knowledge of Alaskan logistics can greatly enhance the efficiency and reliability of the shipping process.

Considering these special considerations when planning your shipment to Alaska can help mitigate risks and ensure that your cargo arrives safely and on time.