UPDATED: Request for proposals: History of Contingency Planning

UPDATE: The deadline for this RFP has been extended to April 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. due to COVID-19. Please see Q & A at the bottom of this page.


The Council is inviting proposals to document the history of oil spill contingency planning and oil discharge prevention and contingency plan approvals for oil tankers serving Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s (Alyeska) Valdez Marine Terminal over the past 30 years.

The goal is to document:

  • How contingency plan issues were identified and addressed during plan approvals
  • How contentious issues were resolved
  • Identify issues that were raised but not addressed
  • Highlight significant changes and trends over time that would indicate progress or a diminishment of safeguards intended to enhance oil spill prevention and response

The final work product of this project will be a report that captures the key issues, trends, and themes that show the evolution of oil spill contingency planning for oil tankers operating in Prince William Sound.

Submittal Deadline (UPDATED): March 24, 2020 April 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Award Announcement: April 10, 2020 May 12, 2020

For more information on this project and full instructions to submit a proposal, please download the full RFP:

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - History Of Contingency Planning (0.2 MB)

Question about this proposal:

  1. With the current situation with the coronavirus is this RFP still going forward? If it is will there be a postponement or delay to the submittal deadline or award announcement?
    ANSWER: The deadline for proposals has been extended until 5:00 PM on April 21, 2020.
  2. Will the plans/documents be available to the contractor through a web based platform to allow remote access and review?
    ANSWER: It is expected that the documents will be available to the contractor by whatever means is determined to be the most efficient. This will be accomplished through the project manager.
  3. Approximately how many plans/documents will be available that relate directly to the project and are expected to be reviewed and potentially contribute to the final deliverable? Is the focus just on the Prince William Sound plan developed by Alyeska, or all plans for all vessel, or some other combination? The number of documents expected to be reviewed will play a role in scaling the size of this project.
    ANSWER: The Prince William Sound Tanker Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, the plan this review will address, has been in place since the late 1980’s. In addition to amendments throughout the years, the plan was renewed in approximately 1990, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017. All documents are contained in PWSRCAC’s electronic filing system. Documents to be reviewed include decisions made by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on amendments and plan renewals. In some cases, there were several conditions of approval when the plans were renewed.
  4. Are comments received from reviews (including public comments) of the plan iterations also available and provided to the contractor? We are interested to know how best to capture the identify items like “contentious issues” and “issues raised but not addressed” without seeing comments to the draft plans. Or is there another source of information that you envision using?
    ANSWER: The review will focus on PWSRCAC’s comments which are contained in PWSRCAC’s electronic filing system. Our system contains thousands of documents which staff will provide to the contractor. The review will be based on PWSRCAC’s comments only.
  5. Changes in plans also reflect evolving regulations (federal and state), are those expected to be included in the analysis?
    ANSWER: Addressing federal and state regulations will depend on the issues identified.

Additional questions?
Inquiries regarding this request for proposals should be directed via email to Linda Swiss via email: swiss@pwsrcac.org

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