Review of vessel traffic service technology

Photo of the Valdez Duck Flats.

The Council is beginning a project to review what constitutes best available technology in the field of vessel traffic control, conduct a survey of stakeholders of the Prince William Sound’s Vessel Traffic Service, and develop recommendations for potential improvements to the service.

The Vessel Traffic Service in Prince William Sound is one of 12 facilities operated by the U.S. Coast Guard around the country. Personnel at these facilities use surveillance and communications systems to reduce vessel collisions, allisions, and groundings. 

The Council is now accepting proposals to complete this project.

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Request for Proposals: Review of tanker towline technology

The Council is inviting proposals for a review of technologies used to deploy towing lines to a tanker in distress. The review should include an analysis of what constitutes best available technology for line deployment, an evaluation of the towline technology currently in use in Prince William Sound, and alternatives to the current technology. A final report should summarize these findings.

Submittal Deadline: August 9, 2019
Award Announcement: September 6, 2019

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

Request for Proposals: Tanker Towline Deployment Best Available Technology Review (0.2 MB)

Questions?

Inquiries regarding this request for proposals should be directed to Alan Sorum via email: alan.sorum@pwsrcac.org

Board passes resolution commending Douglas K. Mertz

Resolution 19-02:

Commending and Expressing Gratitude for Douglas K. Mertz’s Dedication
and Service to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council and the State of Alaska

Photo of appreciation gift presented to Doug Mertz and Margo Waring.
Appreciation gift presented to Doug Mertz and Margo Waring by Board President Robert Archibald and Executive Director Donna Schantz on May 3, 2019.

Whereas, Douglas K. Mertz launched his Alaska legal career in 1974 as Law Clerk to Hon. Jay A. Rabinowitz, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, quickly advancing to several Assistant Attorney General positions he held in Fairbanks and Juneau from 1975 to 1991, before entering private law practice in 1991;

Whereas, one of Doug Mertz’s primary areas of focus in over 45 years of legal practice in Alaska has been oil transportation and pollution issues;

Whereas, Doug Mertz was the State of Alaska’s primary counsel on spill matters and Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) regulation from 1977-1990;

Whereas, Doug Mertz represented the State for the Chevron v. Hammond case in the U.S. Court of Appeals, establishing that state oil spill penalties are not preempted by federal law;

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Funds available for educational projects related to our mission

High school students on an expedition co-funded by this program in 2015 visited Valdez and met with our staff members to learn about the council and improvements in safe oil transportation since 1989.
High school students on an expedition co-funded by this program in 2015 visited Valdez and met with our staff members to learn about the Council and improvements in safe oil transportation since 1989..

The Council works to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention.

To support this effort, the Council is inviting proposals for facilitating learning experiences with Exxon Valdez oil spill region youth.

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