Resolution welcoming Edison Chouest Offshore and its employees into service in Prince William Sound

Resolution 18-04 – Passed May 3, 2018

The Elrington, one of Edison Chouest’s new tugs, and a new oil spill response barge

WHEREAS, by July of 2018 Edison Chouest Offshore will be the marine services contractor to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s ship escort/response vessel system for oil tankers and the terminal in Prince William Sound; and,

WHEREAS, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Edison Chouest Offshore have been working with Crowley Maritime, the contractor who currently provides those services, on a smooth transition between the two contractors; and,

WHEREAS, the Council’s understanding and expectation is that the new services will meet or exceed the current system; and,

WHEREAS, Edison Chouest Offshore has brought to Alaska new vessels purpose built for Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska; and,

WHEREAS, this transition includes many vessels and equipment improvements, such as render/recover winches, forward-looking infrared and digital radar signal processing systems, and barge designs that allow for faster and safer deployment of response equipment; and,

WHEREAS, Council staff and volunteers have had the opportunity to visit Edison Chouest Offshore shipyards and other facilities in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017 and found the company culture focused on safety and cultivating competent staff, as well as impressive and high quality workmanship in the vessels under construction; and,

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes and appreciates Edison Chouest Offshore’s statements of their commitment to protecting prince William Sound’s unique ecosystem, local economies, and the health and well-being of its residents; and,

WHEREAS, the Council understands that Edison Chouest Offshore’s personnel will include well-trained, professional mariners, working hard to learn the new equipment and weather conditions they will be operating in here in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council welcomes Edison Chouest Offshore personnel and expresses appreciation for their commitment to maintain the high standards of the current prevention and response system; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council strongly advocates for the safety of the Edison Chouest Offshore crews and vessels that will play a critical role in ensuring the continued safe transportation of crude oil and protection of Prince William Sound and its downstream communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council expresses its desire to continue to build the relationship with Edison Chouest Offshore and support them in keeping Alyeska’s oil spill prevention and response system as one of the best in the world.

PASSED AND APPROVED by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council on this 3rd day of May, 2018.


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