Auditory Communications Review – Request for Proposals

The Council is inviting proposals to help identify potential improvements to the communication equipment used during an oil spill response.

Should there ever be a large oil spill event, reliable short-range communication among the hundreds of vessels that make up the spill cleanup task forces and strike teams will be vital for efficiency and safety. The project will research, discuss, and document potential communication improvements or alternatives for field responders who currently rely on Marine VHF and CB radios for short-range communications during exercise and training events.

Submittal Deadline: February 25, 2019
Award Announcement: By March 25, 2019

For more details, download the full RFP: 

Contracted Fishing Vessel Fleet Auditory Communications Review (0.2 MB)

If you have questions about this RFP, please contact Nelli Vanderburg at 

Now hiring in Anchorage!

Project Manager Assistant

The Council is seeking applicants for the Project Manager Assistant position located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Applicants must have strong communication skills, work collaboratively with colleagues, and work well under pressure. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and two years’ experience in project management, committee support, or other relevant field required. Competency with Microsoft and Adobe products, web page management, and document management software preferred. 

For more information including the complete job description, full list of minimum qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, visit our employment page.

Non-exempt minimum base wage beginning at $23.62/hr + DOE. An additional 25% of base salary added for benefits after 60 days.

Position open until filled. First review of applicants taking place on February 1, 2019.

Anchorage Board meeting held in January

The Council held a board meeting in Anchorage on Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25, 2019. 

Topics on the agenda included:

  • An overview from the U.S. Coast Guard on work to date, concerns, and future plans regarding Valdez Narrows navigation safety during fish openers.
  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations, including Alyeska’s recent reorganization.
  • A presentation by Council staff on the heavy weather related incidents that occurred on November 12, and two subsequent severe weather events, with Council recommendations to develop procedures to improve crew safety and the safe transportation of oil.
  • A presentation by U.S. Coast Guard on the Alaska Regional Contingency Plan and updates that have been implemented.
  • A report that identifies and reviews non-destructive methods that could be used at the Valdez Marine Terminal to test the integrity of the buried secondary containment liners at the East Tank Farm.
  • A report on weather related conditions at Hinchinbrook Entrance and their effects on the feasibility of efficient and safe rescue operations by tanker escort vessels.
  • A summary by Council staff of incidents (e.g., oil spills, fires, malfunctions causing shutdowns, navigational closures, tanker/escort problems) for the terminal or tankers that occurred in 2018.

Council board meetings are routinely recorded, and may be disseminated to the public by the council or by the news media.

Meeting agenda and documents

Science Night 2018

Science Night 2018 Flyer - Presentations are tentative, please call 907-277-7222 for final list of topic descriptions. On Thursday, December 6, the Council will host our annual Science Night at the Embassy Suites in Anchorage (600 E Benson Blvd). Hear about the latest research that affects the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound.

This event is an initiative of the Council’s Scientific Advisory Committee. SAC, as it’s known, ensures Council projects are based on the best science.

Doors open at 4:30pm, and presentations start at 5:15pm.

For a full list of speakers, featured topics, and presentation times please download the Science Night flyer (updated November 29). For more information: 907-277-7222 or