Thank you, ChucksOK, for that good information.
I would like to clarify that I was not implying that the "it dosen't matter what side" theory is universal; I was applying it only to Alaska, although, of course, there are many places where it really dosen't matter.
But, as I pointed out in another thread recently, some places it matters very much--as in your example.
Two examples I gave are sailing into Istanbul (you want to be on portside) and sailing into Venice (you want to be on starboard side).
I, too, apoligize for posting this on the Alaska Port Forum.