News Archives from 5-27-09 to 6-9-2009

Electronic Notice of Intent for Vessel General Permit . . . 6/9/2009

EPA has created the Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) (no paper!) for vessel operators to apply for coverage under the Vessel General Permit (VGP) for incidental discharges issued last year.

If your vessel is greater than or equal to 300 gross tons or the vessel has the capacity to hold or discharge more than 8 cubic meters (2113 gallons) of ballast water, you must submit a complete and accurate NOI in accordance with the requirements of Part 10 of the VGP beginning on September 19, 2009 if you seek coverage under the Vessel General permit.

However, if your vessel is less than 300 gross tons and your vessel does not have the capacity to hold or discharge more than 8 cubic meters (2113 gallons) of ballast water, you do not need to submit an NOI; you automatically receive coverage under the Vessel general Permit and are authorized to discharge in accordance with the conditions set forth within the permit

Complete details on the Electronic Notice of Intent are available at the EPA Web Site linked below.

EPA Electronic Notice of Intent

TWIC Enrollment Centers Locations Changes . . . 6/5/2009

The TWIC Enrollment Centers at Anchorage and Nikiski are changing locations. The new locations are as follows:

Anchorage TWIC Enrollment Center (Effective Monday June 15, 2009)
207 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 110
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2730

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Nikiski TWIC Enrollment Center (Effective Monday June 22, 2009)
Benco Building
805 Frontage Road, Suite 228
Kenai, Alaska 99611

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Waterways Surveys Information Requested . . . 6/5/2009

This summer the Coast Guard is distributing waterway user surveys for Lynn Canal and Icy Strait/Cross Sound. The general purpose of these surveys is to gain an overview of satisfaction with the Aids to Navigation available in the area; often times problems or issues we were not aware of are brought to light, and this is why we try to get as many responses as possible.  The surveys have been posted in the Local Notice to Mariners and electronic copies are attached. Please return the surveys to the address provided in the form.

Survey for Lynn Canal

Survey for Icy Strait/Cross Sound

Captain John S. Kenyon, Commanding Officer of Sector Anchorage, presented a Meritorious Service Award to Capt. Sam Daniels and the crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry CHENEGA in Whittier May 18, 2009, for their efforts assisting and saving eight lives since September 2007.

Capt. Sam Daniels and his crew used the CHENEGA's rescue boat to save three people including an 8 year-old child from the water in Passage Canal after rough seas capsized their 22-foot pleasure craft Wildfire June 8, 2008.

The crew assisted a stranded mariner on the North End of Lone Island Sept. 30, 2007. Upon receiving the man's distress call, the CHENEGA crew altered course, launched their rescue boat and recovered the stranded man. He was transferred to another good Samaritan vessel that transported him to Whittier.

Sept. 2, 2008, the CHENEGA's crew rescued one kayaker from the water and rendered assistance to three others following a distress call. The kayakers were delivered safely to Whittier. Guy Beedle, a crewman aboard the CHENEGA and pictured with Daniels, was the coxswain of the CHENEGA's rescue boat for two of the three cases.

"I completely trust Guy and his swift actions and expertise lead to safe rescue of those people," said Daniels.

These are common examples of boating accidents in Alaska. The Coast Guard reminds mariners to wear their lifejackets, carry a radio and signaling device while on the water. Reprinted from the Seventeenth Coast Guard District web site.