Interactive Digital Map of the Valdez Marine Terminal

The Council is is inviting proposals for a project to create an interactive digital map of the Valdez Marine Terminal. The terminal is a large, complex facility with many different assets working together to temporarily store crude oil received from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and load it onto tanker ships for transit through Prince William Sound. Currently, the Council has most of this information in various reports, drawings, photos, and maps but this information is not all stored in one place. This project seeks to gather all the geographic and descriptive information the Council currently has on file regarding the physical assets located on the terminal, and use that information to create a digital map. A major part of the Council’s work is reviewing the environmentally safe operation and maintenance of the Valdez Marine Terminal; this map is intended to be used as an tool to achieve that objective. Print PDF … Continue reading

Report identifies concerns with tanker escort tugs being built for service in Prince William Sound

The council has identified some areas of concern with the design of the new escort and general purpose tugs under construction by Edison Chouest Offshore for use in Prince William Sound. These concerns and recommendations result from a council-commissioned analysis of the tugs by Robert Allan Ltd., a naval architecture and marine engineering company. Edison Chouest Offshore is taking over the marine services contract for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in the summer of 2018. Crowley Maritime has held the contract since the creation of Alyeska’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The services provided under this contract include escort tugs, general purpose tugs, oil recovery storage barges, and associated personnel, all of which are key oil spill prevention and response assets for the Valdez Marine Terminal and associated oil tankers operating in Prince William Sound. Robert Allan Ltd. was contracted by the council to review and evaluate drawings and other vessel design materials provided by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. This review includes information that was provided to the council as of December 14, 2016. Print PDF

Marine Firefighting Symposium coming to Homer in May 2017

Update 2/9/17: Registration is now open! See Marine Firefighting Symposium 2017 for more. The ninth Marine Firefighting Symposium for Land-Based Firefighters is scheduled for May 12-14, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The council is co-hosting this event with our sister organization, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council. This three-day conference is an industry recognized effort to provide the best available marine firefighting information and practices to shore-based firefighters, using both classroom and field experiences. The council is pleased to have its nationally renowned training cadre of John Lewis, John Taylor, Don Ryan and Ron Raschio, led by Jeff Johnson, returning to the Symposium. Several of these instructors provided input and material for the land-based shipboard firefighting manual produced by the International Fire Service Training Association. Firefighters and industry participants consistently provide positive comments on the events. The council is able to offer this training at no cost for participants. More information: Marine Firefighting Symposium 2017 Print PDF … Continue reading

Council recertification application available for public review

The council is seeking recertification as the alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, as authorized under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The application has been submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is charged with assessing whether the council fosters the general goals and purposes of OPA 90 and is broadly representative of communities and interests as envisioned under OPA 90. The recertification application is available here: 2017 Recertification Application. To obtain a printed copy, contact the council at (907) 277-7222, toll-free (800) 478-7221, or email Brooke Taylor. How to submit a letter of support: Print PDF … Continue reading