Now hiring! Director of Programs

The council is seeking a Director of Programs. The position is located in Valdez, Alaska. The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director and serve as part of the senior management team. This person will oversee day to day staff operations in the Valdez office and be responsible for direct supervision of six project managers and overall management of terminal, tanker, oil spill, drill monitoring, and environmental monitoring projects and programs as provided in approved annual work plans.

For more details about this position, including qualifications, and instructions on how to submit an application, please visit our Employment Page.

Council study to look at extreme weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance

The Council is beginning a project to better define weather at the Hinchinbrook Entrance to Prince William Sound, Alaska. Wind and wave conditions affect the transit of oil-laden tankers through Hinchinbrook Entrance, and can impact an oil spill response.

This project will look at wind speed and wave height in particular, as they most affect escort tugs attempting to rescue a stricken tanker at Hinchinbrook Entrance. Additionally, the study will look at navigability for oil spill response vessels and the probability of the concurrent occurrence of darkness, freezing temperature, rain, snow, fog (low visibility), and sea spray icing conditions.

The Council hopes to answer two questions from this research:

  1. How often do extreme events and/or closure conditions (winds at 45 knots or seas exceeding 15 feet at Seal Rocks) occur at Hinchinbrook Entrance?
  2. How well does the definition or identification of a closure condition reflect the conditions actually experienced by vessels?

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Oil spill contingency plan reviewers needed

Prince William Sound Tanker Oil Spill Contingency Plan

The Council is looking for experts who are familiar with oil spill contingency planning issues in Alaska to help the Council review spill contingency plans related to the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers.

The Council participates in public reviews related to:

  • The Prince William Sound crude oil tanker oil spill contingency plans
  • The Valdez Marine Terminal oil spill contingency plan
  • Federal/State Preparedness Plans for Response to Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases.
  • Review and implementation of conditions of plan approvals placed on the plans by state or federal regulatory agencies
  • Other continuous improvement processes, proposed amendments to the plans, and other plan-related issues when appropriate

We are hoping to identify and pre-qualify technical experts who may be called upon to offer expert advice on the Council’s issues and concerns. Interested technical experts are encouraged to submit a statement of qualifications listing their expertise for consideration.

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Planning for marine services changeover under way

The changeover for the marine services contract for Alyeska is underway. By July of 2018, Edison Chouest Offshore, or ECO, of Louisiana will replace Crowley Marine Services for prevention and response services in Prince William Sound. Crowley Marine Services has held the contract since the creation of Alyeska’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Changeover planning

Most of the current activity involves planning for the change. Even though the new vessels will not be arriving in Alaska until next year, ECO will be hiring personnel this year to begin training.

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