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.

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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Report identifies concerns with tanker escort tugs being built for service in Prince William Sound

Report identifies concerns with tanker escort tugs being built for service in Prince William Sound
The council has identified some areas of concern with the design of the new escort and general purpose tugs under ...
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Marine Firefighting Symposium coming to Homer in May 2017

Firefighters participate in a simulated vessel fire exercise during the 2015 Marine Firefighting Symposium at the Valdez harbor. Photo by Zac Schasteen.
Update 2/9/17: Registration is now open! See Marine Firefighting Symposium 2017 for more. The ninth Marine Firefighting Symposium for Land-Based Firefighters ...
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Vessel construction, planning underway for Crowley to Edison Chouest transition

This Alyeska chart compares some of the capabilities and specifications of the new vessels to the current fleet. The council is independently analyzing the vessels’ design specifications. Image courtesy of Alyeska.
Council conducting independent review of vessel designs By July of 2018, Edison Chouest Offshore, or ECO, of Louisiana will be ...
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