News Archives from 1-10 09 to 2-11-2009
New GCI Cable in Southeast . . . - 02/11/2009
GCI announced recently that a new fiber optic communications system linking the communities of Southeast Alaska has been completed. The fiber optic system, which has a minimum service life of 25 years, is now fully operational. The cable is an important communications link between Alaska and the rest of the world. Fisherman should avoid operations directly on the cable route to prevent damage to the cable or fishing gear. GCI asks that anyone who believes that they have entangled or come in contact with the cable should report the contact to GCI by calling 1-888-442-8662 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Also by calling this number GCI can provide a complete position list and more extensive charts of the cable locations.
The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies issued a notice stating that its Special Report 293 – “Risk of Vessels Accidents and Spills in the Aleutian Islands: Designing a Comprehensive Risk Assessment” has been published. The report recommends that a structured risk assessment be performed in two phases: (1) a preliminary risk assessment; and (2) a focused risk assessment. In the interim, it recommends: (a) that the Coast Guard expand the AIS tracking network along the Aleutian chain and covering the southern North Pacific Great Circle Route; (b) that the Coast Guard and the State of Alaska investigate funding and mechanisms for possible stationing of an Aleutian recue tug; (c) that the Coast Guard investigate the possible structure and costs of a Vessel Traffic Information System for Unimak Pass and Dutch Harbor; and (d) that consideration be given to tracking and monitoring vessel traffic in certain congested areas.An executive summary of the report is provided below.
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD REPORT ON DESIGNING A RISK ASSESSMENT FOR THE ALEUTIANS
All Mariners should be aware that effective 1 February 2009 the COSPAS-SARSAT System will cease satellite processing of 121.5 / 243 MHz beacons. Vessels that carry EPIRBS should have already switched to the 406 MHz models. More information is provided in the announcement from the COSPAS-SARSAT system below.
The Coast Guard presented a meritorious public service award to the captain and crew of the fishing vessel ALASKA WARRIOR for the part they played in the rescue of the crew of the fishing vessel ALASKA RANGER in the Bering Sea this past Easter Sunday. The captain and mayor of Unalaska are shown here with the crew of the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Detachment from Dutch Harbor. The complete text of the public service award appears below.
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard takes great pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Captain Scott Krey and crew of the Fishing Vessel ALASKA WARRIOR for exceptional services rendered on March 23, 2008. In the early morning hours of March 23, 2008, the 189-foot Fishing Vessel ALASKA RANGER, with 47 crewmen aboard, sank 120 nautical miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. As U. S. Coast Guard assets launched into the early morning darkness, Captain Krey and the crew of the ALASKA WARRIOR immediately diverted to the location of the foundering ALASKA RANGER. Steaming for 35 nautical miles in high seas and 30-knot winds, the ALASKA WARRIOR battled to reach the 47 crewmen from the ALASKA RANGER adrift in the frigid Bering Sea before they succumbed to hypothermia. Captain Krey and his crew arrived on scene approximately three hours after the ALASKA RANGER had sank and immediately began rescuing hypothermic victims from the cold and dark waters. For over four hours, the ALASKA WARRIOR doggedly teamed with the U. S. Coast Guard to rescue as many people as possible. In all, the combined efforts of the U. S. Coast Guard forces and the ALASKA WARRIOR saved 42 of the 47 people that entered the water on Easter morning. The actions of Captain Scott Krey and the crew of the Fishing Vessel ALASKA WARRIOR are heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.