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.

Repairs to Prince William Sound’s radar in the works

Repairs to Prince William Sound’s radar in the works
Coast Guard planning long-term project to replace entire system Radar that helps the U.S. Coast Guard monitor vessels in Port ...
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Escort tug Courageous damages the tanker Polar Endeavour in January incident

Escort tug Courageous damages the tanker Polar Endeavour in January incident
Just before midnight on January 11, the escort tug Courageous allided with the tanker Polar Endeavour, which had just finished ...
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Inoperable radar in Prince William Sound concerns Council

Inoperable radar in Prince William Sound concerns Council
No plans for repair in near future The U.S. Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service, or VTS, which monitors the location ...
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New weather buoys establish PORTS® information for Valdez, Alaska

New weather buoys establish PORTS® information for Valdez, Alaska
The Council has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to stream real-time data to NOAA's PORTS (Physical Oceanographic ...
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Technology study demonstrates importance of the Council’s independent research

Technology study demonstrates importance of the Council’s independent research
A new study evaluating methods of establishing tow lines between an escort tug and a tanker in distress is a ...
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Study evaluates places of refuge

Tanker in Prince William Sound
By Alan Sorum Council Project Manager Some locations won’t work for Prince William Sound tankers A recent Council-sponsored study reviewed ...
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