Frequently Asked Questions
Compliance for Vessels
No immediate action is required. For operating vessels, Alaska Chadux Network will communicate with you to verify your scheduled nominations for 2021.
In January 2021 – the company is currently updating its OSRO and PRAC/NTVCC classifications to reflect the name change.
YES – the Alaska Chadux Network certificate will be “evergreen” and remain continuously valid when maintained in good standing per the terms & conditions of your subscription: principally, pay coverage fees when due per the applicable rate schedule.
You may wait to nominate your vessel until you are within 30 days of the vessel operating in State waters and underway in Federal waters. With Alaska Chadux Network now providing 12 months of rolling coverage, it is more economically effective to nominate prior to your vessel actually underway to and operating in State waters.
For former Chadux members with an existing response action contract, you will receive a notice that reflects the name change and change from member to subscriber in January 2021. We will also ask that you confirm and update your company’s contact information. Once this information is received back, ACN will return an updated response action contract to update your files.
YES – the Alaska Chadux Network will continue to administer both tank vessel and nontank vessel APC’s on behalf of the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network. The consolidation allows single point access to both APC and OSRO coverages, as required for a particular operator’s compliance needs.
YES – State of Alaska coverage can be secured separately from Federal APC coverage. However, separate Federal APC coverage is strongly discouraged since with combined coverage, in addition to applicable discounts, coverage terms will be aligned and your certificates for State and Federal compliance would be easier to maintain if initiated and billed together at the same time.
YES – If your vessel will only be transiting Western Alaska and/or Prince William Sound Captain of the Port Zones and not operating in Alaska state waters, you will only be invoiced for transit coverage. Alaska Chadux Network transit coverage is all that is needed to meet Federal APC compliance requirements for transit only vessels, since it will document compliance with the applicable APC and access to all OSRO response resources.
NO. ACN will honor the existing APC coverage and will only invoice for the period after the existing coverage ends. The invoice for bundled State and Federal coverage will provide 12 months of State and Federal APC coverage, which will be prorated to align invoicing terms if the vessel has already paid for APC coverage into 2021. Once these invoices term dates are aligned, 2022 will offer easier and more streamlined compliance and invoicing. An APC compliance certificate from ACN will be issued only for the new coverage period.
PROBABLY – if your vessel is 400 GRT or 400 ITC, whichever is greater, you will need Federal APC compliance. So, if your vessel is 400 GRT and requires state NTVCC you will likely need to meet Federal NTV compliance. It is recommended that you contact your Qualified Individual, Response Plan Facilitator or vessel response plan preparer to confirm what coverage is required for your particular operation.
YES – The company will be updating enrollment form to reflect incorporation of an International Group of P&I Clubs conforming response action contract. This will mean once your enrollment is updated in early 2021, you will also be able to confirm to the U.S. Coast Guard that you have a written contract in place with your Western Alaska and Prince William Sound OSRO – Alaska Chadux Network.
Prior to your current coverage period expiring, you will be sent a confirmation of coverage notification to confirm and obtain details of your nomination. For operating vessels requesting compliance, you will then be invoiced, and that invoice will cover compliance for 12 months from the invoice date. This is rolling coverage with unlimited transits/operations and you will not be limited to the calendar year. Your enrollment will be “evergreen” and invoicing occurs when you nominate or operate your vessel in state or federal waters off Alaska.
It is preferred that the vessel master notify the Alaska Chadux Network monitoring center in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 907-463-4603. If you do not notify Alaska Chadux Network in advance, our 24/7 monitoring center will detect the vessel upon entry and if the transiting vessel has not been invoiced within the past 12 months by the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network, an invoice will be generated for the next 12 months of compliance services.
If your vessel is not currently enrolled with Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network for APC compliance, you will need to enroll and obtain the relevant APC Certificate of Compliance. Once your vessel is enrolled with the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network’s Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) program, you are requested to review your relevant Operating Procedures to identify what measures are needed prior to entry. Operating procedures can be located by using the following link: https://www.alaskaseas.org/resources/documents/
NO – Our coverage area will remain the same. We will continue to provide compliance and response services throughout both Western Alaska and Prince William Sound Captain of the Port Zones. Our coverage area encompasses the 200-mile limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary of both Western Alaska and Prince William Sound Captain of the Port Zones. You may also visit our website to view a map of our coverage area at: https://www.alaskaseas.org/resources/network-coverage/
If you have already enrolled with the Network NTV APC, you will receive a credit for that portion of 2021 that you are still covered for and have paid for. When you pay your state nontank vessel operating fee, you will only be charged for that portion of your APC coverage that runs past your current Network NTV APC invoice expiration date, resulting in the alignment of your State and Federal invoice term dates for your all of your one stop shop compliance needs.
Compliance for Facility and Other Operations
No immediate action is required. Although your status as a Chadux member is now defined as a Chadux subscriber, your compliance coverage remains in place as you continue to renew your capacity nominations as you have done in the past.
In January 2021 – the company is currently updating its OSRO and PRAC classifications to reflect the name change.
YES – the Alaska Chadux Network certificate will be “evergreen”, however, you are expected to nominate the capacity of your facilities/other operations each year to facilitate how your charge for coverage is determined.
An annual confirmation of coverage notification will be sent out to obtain details on nomination details. You will then be invoiced at that time for the calendar year.
For former Chadux members with an existing response action contract, you will receive a notice that reflects the name change and change from member to subscriber in January 2021. We will also ask that you confirm and update your company’s contact information. Once this information is received back, Alaska Chadux Network (CAN) will return an updated response action contract to update your files.
In addition to ACN’s full complement of response resources, it is likely marine assets such as ACN’s dedicated response vessels, vessels of opportunity and related on water boom, skimmers and marine related recovery resources would be required to be mobilized by oversight agencies. These resources are unique to response in tidally influenced or marine waters and are not part of response planning for facilities that are not adjacent to the marine environment.