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.

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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New study analyzes weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance

New study analyzes weather at Hinchinbrook Entrance
A recent Council-sponsored report found that wind and waves at Hinchinbrook Entrance may be under reported as observed by the ...
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Out-of-service buoy and winter storms raise concerns

Out-of-service buoy and winter storms raise concerns
An out-of-service buoy and a series of recent storms have combined to raise concern at the Council about tanker transit ...
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Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor

Oil spill prevention and response services transition to new contractor
Prince William Sound was 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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