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The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council was formed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill to provide a voice for citizens affected by decisions related to the Alyeska pipeline terminal and associated tankers. Learn more: History of the council.

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Notice to mariners! Drift buoy study taking place in Port Valdez

Drift buoy

Mariners may see drift buoys labelled “PWSSC” around Port Valdez over the next few weeks. They are part of a study to measure flow patterns at various depths within the Port.

The study is funded by the council in collaboration with the Prince William Sound Science Center.

The drifter buoys will be released on June 22 and retrieved on July 1. Please do not pick up the buoys! They are being monitored via GPS and need to be allowed to drift where the current takes them. Buoys that run aground, appear to be in the path of tanker traffic, or that drift inside the exclusion zone around the terminal will be retrieved and re-released.

The buoys will have drogues attached that trail beneath them in the water, to depths of anywhere from one meter to 40 meters. Please be cautious when navigating around these drifter buoys.

For more information, contact Jeremy Robida at 907-834-5040.

If you have a buoy-related emergency, call 907-834-5040 or 907-834-5000.

Drift Study Outreach Flyer

Now hiring: Director of External Communications

Anchorage

The council is seeking a director of external communications. This person will act as a spokesperson for the organization, develop and maintain effective relations and communications with stakeholders and the media, educate and inform various audiences via multiple outreach channels about the council and our work and mission: Citizens promoting environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers in Prince William Sound.

This position is based in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information, visit our employment page.

Council to develop public relations and branding strategy

The council is inviting proposals to conduct an audit of current public relations, communications, and brand (organizational reputation) of PWSRCAC and develop recommendations for improving these efforts to engage a larger audience and build support for the council’s mission.

The final work product of this effort is a report that will cover:

  1. Results from the audit of the current PWSRCAC brand and public relations efforts;
  2. Recommendations and plan for improving public relations and communications efforts.

Currently, the council does not have a formal public relations or branding plan. The council is looking for a partner to help evaluate current public outreach efforts and brand identity and make recommendations for improvement. Continue reading

Marine services for Alyeska to change hands in 2018

The tug Tanerliq tethered to the tanker Overseas Washington in 2002.

The tug Tanerliq tethered to the tanker Overseas Washington in 2002. Photo by Stan Jones.

Crowley Marine Services, the contractor who provides oil spill prevention and response services to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, will no longer provide those services after June 30, 2018.

Crowley has held this contract with Alyeska since the company created its Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, also known as SERVS, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Crowley also provided tanker docking services since 1977, and helped dock the first tanker at the Valdez terminal.

Crowley owns the powerful tugboats that escort loaded oil tankers through Prince William Sound. The tugs also scout for ice drifting from nearby Columbia Glacier, and are equipped to start cleaning up a spill or tow a disabled tanker if needed. In addition to the escort tugs, Crowley owns response tugs that help the tankers dock and other support vessels and barges stationed in Prince William Sound which contain Alyeska’s boom, skimmers, and other equipment for a quick response to an oil spill.

Crowley employs 230 mariners and 17 administrative personnel in the area.

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