RFQ: Valdez Marine Terminal Operations and Maintenance Monitoring

Valdez Marine Terminal
Valdez Marine Terminal

The Council is seeking a qualified engineering firm, specializing in the integrity management of crude oil terminal facilities, to provide technical support for the Council’s Terminal Operations and Environmental Monitoring Program. The goal of that program is to prevent hazardous liquid spills and minimize the actual and potential environmental impacts associated with the operation and maintenance of the Valdez Marine Terminal.

Deadline: November 4, 2021 at 5:00p.m.
Award announcement: November 18, 2021

Please read the full list of services requested and expertise in the full Request for Qualifications:

RFQ: Valdez Marine Terminal Operations and Maintenance Monitoring (1.4 MB)

Request for Proposals: Review of Peer Listener Program – Phase 1

Tustamena Lake on Kenai Peninsula near Kenai

The Council is inviting proposals for a comprehensive review of its Peer Listener Training program and similar programs in Alaska and nationwide. After the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, social scientists working with the impacted communities developed a Peer Listener program to build community resilience. The training teaches peer listening techniques that allow community members to support each other.

The current RFP is for Phase I of the project. Work includes:

  1. Review the Peer Listener Training and associated manual. 
  2. Make recommendations for updating the program for a contemporary audience with improved techniques and methodologies for delivering peer listener training

The resulting report will inform the Council’s decisions about how to revise the peer listener training, the associated manual, and the train-the-trainer program. A Phase II RFP for implementation of recommendations may be forthcoming after completion of Phase I, subject to Board of Directors approval and the availability of funding.

Submittal Deadline: October 31, 2021
Award Announcement: November 30, 2021

For a complete description of the project and scope of work, please download the full RFP:

Peer Listener RFP - Reopened until October 31 2021 (0.3 MB)

Questions and clarifications

  • Q: I read the RFP, but I did not see the number of hours or budget expected.
    A: We left that information off because there is a Phase I and a Phase II to this project, and so looking at just this budget might seem too small to be interesting to some folks. At this time we have $10,000 budgeted for Phase I, which is the data gathering described in the RFP. Our intention is to open a second RFP based on the information we learn. That would be more funding to actually implement the changes to our program and manual. We do occasionally consider proposals that come in at higher amounts, and either adjust our budget or work with the proposer to negotiate a reduced scope. 
  • The timeline for this project is potentially flexible – if the proposed timeline in the RFP isn’t feasible or appropriate for you, please feel free to include information about what timeline you propose and why. For example, an academic may need to accommodate their university schedule.
  • Administrative tasks of coordinating meetings with PWSRCAC volunteers and staff, including providing Zoom links, will be handled by PWSRCAC staff. Contractors do not need to budget for this work.

Additional questions?
Inquiries regarding this request for proposals should be directed via email to the project’s manager Betsi Oliver at betsi.oliver@pwsrcac.org

RFP: Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Program


The Council is inviting proposals for a project to analyze petroleum hydrocarbon chemistry and associated data, and report on the results of analyzing that data.

This data is produced under PWSRCAC’s Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Program. That monitoring program generally entails the collection of blue mussels, marine sediments, and passive sampling devices in Port Valdez, Prince William Sound, and the Gulf of Alaska, then having them chemically analyzed for a suite of petroleum hydrocarbon constituents (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, saturated hydrocarbons, and geochemical biomakers).

Proposal Deadline: October 25, 2021
Contract Award Announcement: November 5, 2021 

More information in the full RFP: 

RFP: Long Term Environmental Monitoring Program (0.6 MB)

Questions about this RFP? 

Please contact the project’s manager, Austin Love


Board meeting held September 16-17

New Council logoThe Council held virtual board meeting on Thursday and Friday, September 16-17, 2021.

Final agenda and meeting materials

On the agenda

The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including updates from the Council’s ex-officio members, staff, and committees. Other topics on the agenda were:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations.
  • An update on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of regulations related to oil spill contingency planning and current challenges facing the department’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response.
  • An overview of onboard ballast water treatment systems by representatives of ConocoPhillips and Polar Tankers.
  • A presentation on the results of field trials to evaluate the effectiveness of messenger line throwing devices used to deploy towing lines between response tugs and vessels in distress.
  • An overview of the Council’s updated Alaska Oil Spill Lesson Bank – educational resources for K-12 students.
  • A presentation on marine bird surveys conducted in Prince William Sound in March of 2021.
  • A report on data analyzed from the Council’s weather buoys in Port Valdez.
  • A presentation on reports detailing the history of the Prince William Sound Tanker Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan, documenting changes to the plan, regulatory positions and industry commitments.
  • An overview of the updated dispersant research summary maintained by the Council, now current through 2021.

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

News release

Prince William Sound RCAC board meeting will be virtual, September 16-17 (PDF)

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