|The Marine Exchange of Alaska is a non-profit, |
maritime organization established to serve
the Alaska Maritime Community by providing
information, communications and services to ensure
safe, secure, efficient and environmentally
responsible maritime operations.
|New Year - New Goals! |
Remarks by Executive Director, Ed Page
Having just returned from a great vacation to Argentina and the Andes Mountains, I've had a chance to recharge my batteries and develop a clear vision of where we need to go in 2009. The Marine Exchange of Alaska's goal of aiding safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations will be ever much as relevant in 2009 as in the past, with some added emphasis towards aiding "efficient" maritime operations, i.e. keeping costs down during a period of tightening economy and increased fuel costs!
This past year also reminded us that Alaska remains the most challenging and expansive maritime environment and our expanding AIS and satellite vessel tracking is a great safety and efficiency tool for the Alaska maritime industry. To that end, more and more fishing vessels are participating in the system for fleet management and safety. As noted below, we've increased our staff so we can provide round the clock vessel tracking services. We're planning to make 2009 a great year!
Ketchikan TWIC Activation Update
The Ketchikan mobile activation center will be in operation through Friday, Jan 9. It is located in the Ketchikan Harbor Office. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00a-5:00p.
Note: This center will only be activating those cards enrolled for during the previous mobile visit this summer.
If you still need to activate your card, please don't miss this opportunity - after Friday you will likely be required to travel to Juneau to activate your card.
|Dutch Harbor TWIC Visit |
Lockheed Martin will be returning to Dutch Harbor to continue the activation of TWIC which were not activated during their previous visit. They will also be conducting another round of INITIAL ENROLLMENTS for anyone who has not enrolled yet.
The center will be located at the Unalaska Public Library from Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16. Hours: 8:00a-12:00p & 1:00p-5:00p.
As a reminder, the TWIC compliance date for waterfront workers requiring access to secure areas is February 12, 2009. There's still a chance that anyone enrolling during this visit can get their TWIC processed in time to meet this date (or shortly thereafter), but this will require the new enrollee to plan a trip to Anchorage to activate their card once it's processed.
Anyone in Dutch Harbor who has enrolled for TWIC in the Anchorage fixed center and hasn't yet activated your card, please contact me asap and we'll try to get these cards added to the stack being carried out for this visit. Those of you who have contacted me to date and haven't heard back from me are encouraged to call me back for an update (907-463-4640).
|MXAK Goes 24X7 |
The Marine Exchange recently achieved our long-term goal of implementing a 24X7 live watch. As our vessel tracking network grows in both coverage and complexity, we feel this is a critical step in ensuring the reliability and accuracy of this system. Being one of the only vessel tracking providers with a 24X7 monitoring capability will benefit all of the users of this system.
We are also confident that having "Maritime Information Specialists" on watch 24 hrs will allow us to provide expanded services to Alaska's maritime community. We are currently producing customized daily reports for several members, and have several additional services in the works.
We welcome any ideas from the maritime community for services we might be able to provide using this new capability. Our goal, as always, is to provide services which enhance safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible maritime operations throughout Alaska and we're excited to be able to offer these services around the clock.
|Cook Inlet Ice Rules Modified |
Ice Rules for Cook Inlet were updated as of January 6, 2009. Mariners planning voyages through Cook Inlet any time this winter should be sure to consult the modified Ice Rules now in effect. Seafarers should watch for additional changes published as Local Notices to Mariners as required.
|2009 Port Security Grant Program |
Thanks to Dan Masoni with the City of Unalaska for the following update regarding this year's DHS Port Security Grant Program:
The published application deadline for this grant is Tuesday, January 13. Dan reports that the online application system (Grants.gov
) is experiencing technical problems which currently prevent submitting the completed applications. DHS/FEMA is aware of this issue and is considering extending the deadline - but have not done so at this time.
I strongly encourage anyone who was planning to apply for a grant this year to go through the process (which takes a few days) and plan to have the application ready to submit by the current deadline. If the system is repaired by January 13, the deadline will not likely be extended due to this problem.
Marine Exchange of Alaska