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March 1, 2009
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
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TWIC News
UAS Course Offerings
Arctic Pilotage Proposed
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February 12th Compliance Results
 
Well, February 12th is behind us and the results are in:
 
The Coast Guard visited most waterfront MTSA facilities on Feb 12 and/or 13th to check TWIC compliance and reported approximately 94% compliance throughout Alaska.  I assume this meant that 94% of the Transportation Workers required to have TWIC actually did, and NOT that 6% of the facilities were found to be in violation.  As challenging as Alaska was (and will continue to be) for TWIC enrollment, I think this is a great number.  Nicely done folks.
 
Upcoming Mobile Enrollments/Activations
 
Lockheed Martin has authorized the following mobile visits in the near future:
 
Nome:  I'm currently sitting in Nome writing this newsletter and waiting for the equipment to arrive to perform enrollments on March 2 & 3.  I'll be working out of the Nome Harbor Office from 8:00a to 6:00p.  This schedule may be changing depending on when the equipment shows up.  We will attempt to contact anyone whose appointment is affected - but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
 
Kodiak: The Marine Exchange will also be conducting mobile enrollments/activations in Kodiak on March 6 & 7 at Fisherman's Hall.  Hours will be 8:00a to 6:00p. Anyone who needs to enroll or activate a card should either already have an appointment or call me at (907) 957-0692 to make one.  I'll accept walk-ins, but the schedule is filling up and it's only fair I take those with appointments first.
 
Lockheed Martin will be conducting mobile enrollments and activations in the following communities on the dates shown (locations and times to be announced):
 
Petersburg: March 17 & 18
 
Ketchikan: March 23-27
 
Sitka: April 7-9
 
Skagway: April 13 & 14
 
Dutch Harbor: April 27 - May 1
 
Important notes regarding these visits:
 
1) If you are a Transportation Worker who enrolled at one of the locations listed above, your cards should automatically be available for activation during these visits. 
 
2) If you enrolled elsewhere, there's a chance your card can be delivered and activated during one of the above visits.  In this case I'd recommend calling the TWIC helpdesk and requesting this service (866-DHS-TWIC) - it's critical you do this asap as it takes time to get these cards transferred around.
 
3) If you were generous enough to host previous visits to these locations you will likely be contacted by Lockheed Martin in the very near future.
UAS Course Offerings 
 
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University of Alaska (Southeast) is offering several courses designed for mariners in the upcoming months.
 
The courses include:
  • Master 200 ton
  • Outboard Motor Maintenance
  • Crowd Management
  • Basic Safety
  • Able Seaman
  • Several Radar Courses
  • And more..

Click here for the schedule!

 
Arctic Pilotage Proposed 
 
The Alaska Board of Marine Pilots issued a second supplemental notice of proposed changes to the state pilotage regulations. These proposed changes, like the earlier versions, would extend the compulsory pilotage requirement in Arctic waters well outside the three-mile territorial waters of Alaska . Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 27. Complete details can be found here.

Brett Farrell
Marine Exchange of Alaska
Marine Exchange of Alaska | 1000 Harbor Way | Suite 204 | Juneau | AK | 99801