News Archives from 12-08-09 to 1-27-2010

COTP Western Alaska Activates Ice Guidelines for Cook Inlet ... January 27, 2010

The Captain of the Port for Western Alaska issued a Navigation Safety Advisory January 27, 2010, activating the guidelines for shipping transiting Cook Inlet. These guidelines require enhanced readiness for transiting the inlet in extreme cold weather. A copy of the safety advisory and the current Cook Inlet Ice Guidelines are available at the link below.

Navigation Safety Advisory

Safety Zone Proposed by USCG...January 12, 2010

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register for January 6, 2010, that it was planning to establish a safety zone around the drill ship FRONTIER DISCOVERER while it will be drilling at different locations in the Chukchi Sea starting this summer. Comments on the proposed safety zone will be taken until February 5th, 2010. Complete details are shown in the Federal Register Notice below.

Federal Register Notice

Frontier Discoverer Information

Maximum Civil Penalties Raised by USCG ... December 23, 2009

The Coast Guard announced on December 23, 2009, that it was revising its maximum civil penalty amounts as an adjustment for inflation. The new revised maximum penalties and complete details of this action are described in the federal register notice below.

Federal Register Notice

NOAA's Experimental BookletCharts Available...December 15, 2009

The experimental BookletChart is made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.  It has been reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full scale nautical chart.  Bar scales have also been reduced in scale, and are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart.  Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included, and chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference.  Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

Print as many copies as you like.  Use them at home, on-board, or attach a page or two to the Float Plan that you leave with a friend, relative or local marina before heading out on the water.  In an emergency, your Float Plan gives pertinent information to enable them to contact the local marine police or Coast Guard with necessary details.

Link to Alaska BookletCharts

Crane Damaged by Wind in Dutch Harbor . . . December 8, 2009

Winds as high as 125 mph toppled a 110-foot gantry crane at the APL shipping facility in Dutch Harbor December 4th. A spokesman for American President Lines Ltd. says no people or other structures were damaged when the crane fell at 8:45 p.m. Friday evening. Mike Zampa says the company is still assessing damage to the crane, which fell onto gravel at the shipping terminal. APL is the world's fifth largest container shipping company.


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