Photo of Liberty Bay courtesy of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

Maritime Operations

Tanker and escort in Prince William Sound.
Tanker and one of its two escorts in Prince William Sound.

Through the Maritime Operations program, the Council reviews port operations, incidents, and the adequacy and maintenance of the vessel traffic system.

Major activities in this program include: monitoring changes to the escort system, monitoring and studying the ice from Columbia Glacier, reviewing best available technology for the escort system and the Vessel Emergency Response Plan, participating with the Valdez Marine Safety Committee, and supporting the maintenance of NOAA’s weather stations.

Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor

Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor
Prince William Sound has a hive of activity this summer. On July 1, Alyeska’s marine services contractor transitioned from Crowley ...
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Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved

Changes to oil spill contingency plans approved
Extensive amendments due to transition The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recently approved major amendments to oil spill contingency plans ...
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New vessels and barges on their way to Alaska

New vessels and barges on their way to Alaska
ECO is bringing a total of five new escort tugs, four new general purpose tugs, one utility and anchor handling ...
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Council issues position on safe crude oil tanker transit and escort vessel operation in the Sound

The Seward spill response fleet trains for spill response.
The Council voted unanimously on January 18, 2018, to pass a resolution stating that oil tankers and escort vessels should ...
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Council representatives visit Louisiana shipyards

Council representatives visit Louisiana shipyards
Visitors come away impressed with new construction and Edison Chouest Offshore personnel New information shared with the Council along with ...
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Planning for marine services changeover under way

Planning for marine services changeover under way
The changeover for the marine services contract for Alyeska is underway. By July of 2018, Edison Chouest Offshore, or ECO, ...
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