NEWS & UPDATES

May 13, 2016 - Specialized Oil Spill Response Vessel Homeported in Kodiak

Originally published on  KMXT 100.1 Kodiak By Kayla Desroches May 11, 2016 An oil spill response vessel called the Sea Strike is now homeported in Kodiak, gearing up to answer the need for oil spill cleanup in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Alaska. One of the groups behind the project says it’ll be an improvement…

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02/8/2016 - How Shell’s Arctic Pullout Better Prepares Alaska for Oil Spills

Originally published in  Alaska Dispatch News By Annie Zak February 6, 2016 Shell may have pulled out of the Arctic, but some of its leftover equipment will better prepare the state for oil spills. Three Alaska organizations are working together to place spill response equipment Shell contracted during its Arctic offshore oil exploration in response hubs around Western Alaska and Prince William Sound. Two nonprofits — the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network and oil spill removal organization Alaska Chadux Corp. — along with UIC Arctic Response Services are looking at 14 Chadux-operated equipment hubs around the state to determine where the extra resources will go. That equipment includes skimmers, booms to contain oil spills, minibarges for temporary oil storage capacity and small boats, which used to be under contract for use by Shell from ARS. Buddy Custard, president and CEO of the maritime response network, said the three main hubs the organizations are looking at are Kodiak, Unalaska and Adak,…

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12/30/2015 - IMO adopted areas to be avoided along Aleutian Islands

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee per IMO SN.1/Circ.331 adopted five ‘Areas to Be Avoided’ (ATBA) in the region of the Aleutian Island Archipelago in order to reduce the risk of a marine casualty and resulting pollution and damage to the environment. These new ATBAs will come into effect on January 1, 2016. The five ATBAs apply to vessels solely in transit through the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean and extends 50 nautical miles from the shoreline of the islands. The 50 nautical mile buffer zone is designed to allow for the repair of, or time to launch an emergency response effort to any marine casualty before it runs aground and damages the fragile ecosystem. The establishment of the ATBA adds minimal distance to a voyage. The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) operating procedures are predominately aligned with the adopted ATBAs with the exception of transits west of Attu Island. The Network’s operating procedures currently…

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11/4/2015 - The Network updates stakeholders on 2015 accomplishments and current issues

The purpose of the presentation was to provide an overview of the Network Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) program status, 2015 accomplishments, and to discuss Alaska-specific APC issues. The briefing provided an opportunity to affirm lines of communications with those who have mutual clients in the Network APC. For more information, please contact the Network.

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09/13/2015 - Network’s Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) extended until December 2017

On September 1st, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard extended the Network’s APC for both tank and nontank vessels through December 31, 2017. The Network’s APC covers tank vessels carrying OPA-90 regulated cargoes throughout the Captain of the Port Zone Western Alaska (except Cook Inlet) and nontank vessels carrying OPA-90 regulated oils as fuel for main propulsion or as a secondary cargo in all subareas in the Captain of the Port Zone for Western Alaska and Prince William Sound. The Network’s nontank APC is the only APC approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for all Western Alaska and Prince William Sound subareas. With this reapproval, enrollment in the Network APC will continue to provide the greatest compliance flexibility for nontank vessels sailing anywhere in Western Alaska, including the great circle route along the Aleutians Islands and the Prince William Sound COTP geographic specific area. For questions regarding coverage and enrollment options with the Network, please contact Jim Butler, Managing Director…

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09/10/2015 - The Network recognized for marine environment preservation efforts

Originally reposted in  Alaska Business Monthly, 9/10/2015 ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (“Network”) was recently awarded the 2015 Marine Environment Protection Award by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The award recognizes the Network’s successful environmental performance and improvement plans, innovative programs that exceed minimum regulatory compliance, and its long-term, substantial impact. “The Network’s continued success is due in large part to the support of the maritime industry over the past several years,” said Jim Butler, Managing Director. “The Network’s board reflects the industry we serve and we are all committed to programs that provide the most flexibility and service for participating operators throughout Western Alaska.” The Network is an Alaska-based nonprofit corporation established in 2011 to provide services for vessels operating in Western Alaska and Prince William Sound. Tank and nontank vessel operators must comply with U.S. Coast Guard pollution and spill prevention regulations, which had been virtually impossible…

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06/22/2015 - Network Announces Fleet Enrollment Option

Fleet Enrollment is now possible with Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network. Complete a new Part I Agreement with Schedule A listing all your fleet ships and you will receive a 5% discount on fees. You will be issued a Certificate of Participation effective January through December of each calendar year, which will automatically renew in December for the upcoming calendar year. Payments are not required until a fleet ship enters Alaskan waters. When this happens, the Network APC Monitoring Center will notify Enrollment and an invoice will be generated for that ship. The fee for that ship will cover a 12 month period from the date of the invoice, which may include part of another calendar year. In those cases, the ships will automatically be covered by the new certificate issued for that year. The Network APC covers all of Western Alaska and all subareas where ships may transit or operate. On a typical…

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06/4/2015 - New spill response hub adds protection to Western Alaska

Protection of Alaska’s vast marine environment has a new oil spill response equipment hub in Adak Alaska, thanks to vessel participants in Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network’s (Network) Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) program for Western Alaska. Alaska Chadux personnel traveled to Adak on April 26th – 30th to inspect newly purchased and delivered oil spill recovery equipment and establish Chadux’s newest equipment hub.  Objectives for this visit included operating the new equipment, identifying local resources and providing oil spill response training to local Chadux member company employees. Chadux’s newest hub and the equipment it contains is funded using a grant from the Network. The   Network is funded by owners and operators of vessels enrolled in the Network’s APC.  These participants pay fees for federal regulatory compliance options while operating in the Aleutian Islands and Western Alaska and a large portion of these fees go to enhance oil spill response capabilities. As a result of the Network’s…

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06/1/2015 - Network’s APC is only U.S. Coast Guard approved APC for all Western Alaska

Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) continues to receive inquiries regarding the coverage area for its Alternative Planning Criteria for Nontank Vessel Response Plans. The Network’s APC covers all of Western Alaska, which includes the Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska and the Arctic. It is our understanding the Network’s APC is the ONLY APC approved by the U. S. Coast Guard for ALL subareas in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone. Ships transiting the great circle routes to or from a west coast port in the United States typically transit at least two subareas in Alaska. The attached graphic shows one such typical voyage that transits through more than one subarea. Participation in the Network’s APC provides regulatory compliance for these voyages. Aleutian Island subarea specific APCs cover only ships transiting the Aleutian Island subarea along the great circle route and do not provide complete regulatory compliance when ships transit or operate…

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05/21/2015 - May 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter Volume 1 The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) provides vessels operating in Alaska best management practices and capabilities that exceed environmental regulations. Because most of Alaska is either remote, inaccessible, or both, compliance with standard federal pollution response regulations is not possible.  Recognizing the special needs of Alaska, the regulations provide for alternative planning measures in order to meet the federal requirements.  Without these Alternative Planning Criteria (APC), it would be impossible for vessel operators to meet the spill response requirements. The Network was created by Alaskans working in the Alaska maritime industry who share a common goal of reducing risks to the Alaskan environment.  For non-tank vessels, the Network APC provides regulatory compliance in Captain of the Port Zones for Western Alaska and Prince William Sound.  For tank vessels, the Network APC provides regulatory compliance for Captain of the Port Zone Western Alaska, excluding Cook Inlet. These APC provide the…

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05/16/2015 - The Network Continues to Provide APC Regulatory Compliance for Tank & Nontank Vessels throughout Western Alaska & Prince William Sound

Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) recently learned the U. S. Coast Guard has approved a second nontank vessel Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for vessels “ transiting the Aleutian subarea of the Western Alaska COTP zone” (1Call Approval; USCG, May 14, 2015).  The Network APC continues to provide compliance for vessels that both transit or operate in the Aleutian subarea. Despite confusing and misleading information that has circulated regarding this recent decision by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Network continues to provide APC compliance for ALL enrollees and for ALL areas used by shipping traffic on great circle routes through Alaska.  This includes the area south of Kodiak and east of the Aleutian subareas which requires APC coverage for many vessels that travel to or from U. S. ports along the Great Circle Route. Network enrollees continue to have access to the largest cache of pre-staged response equipment in Alaska, staged in 13 response…

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