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March 23, 2009
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
In This Issue
TWIC Mobile Enrollment Updates
Exercise Volunteers Needed
New SEAK Fiber-Optic Cable
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TWIC Mobile Enrollment Updates  
 
Nome:  Anticipate a follow-up visit to Nome to activate cards during the first week of May.  This will only be an activation visit - no new enrollments will be offered.  As soon as the dates are firmed up I'll send an updated newsletter, along with instructions for setting up an appointment.  If you will be traveling during this week, I'd encourage you to contact me so your card can be available in Anchorage (otherwise it will be sent to Nome).  This will allow you to activate the card as you pass through Anchorage. (Email me or 907-463-4640).
  
Petersburg: Lockheed Martin visited Petersburg for an enrollment/activation visit on March 17 & 18.  There is a possibility of another Marine Exchange activation visit in mid-April.  If you enrolled in Petersburg or Juneau and would like to activate your card during this visit, please contact me (email or 907-463-4640).  I will send updates in future newsletters regarding this potential trip.
 
Ketchikan: Lockheed Martin is conducting a mobile enrollment & activation visit in Ketchikan this week, March 23-27.  They are located in the Ketchikan Harbor Office.  Hours: 9:00a-1:00p and 3:00p-7:00p.  Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be arranged by calling 907-831-0400 (leave your name and number if you receive a message).
 
Sitka: Lockheed Martin will be conducting a mobile enrollment visit in Sitka April 7-9.  They will be located in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Hours: 9:00a-1:00p and 3:00p-7:00p.  I anticipate that appointments will be possible for this visit as well, but there is currently no phone number to make them.  I will provide this number in a future newsletter as it becomes available.  Anyone who enrolled in Sitka or Juneau and would like to activate their card during this visit, please contact me (email or 907-463-4640).
 
Skagway: Lockheed Martin will be conducting a mobile enrollment and activation visit in Skagway April 13 & 14.  They will be located at the White Pass & Yukon Route office.  Hours: 10:00a-2:00p and 3:00p-7:00p.  If you enrolled in Skagway or Juneau and would like to activate your card during this visit, please contact me (email or 907-463-4640).  
 
Dutch Harbor: Lockheed Martin will be conducting a mobile enrollment/activation visit in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska April 27 - May 1.  They will be located in the Unalaska Public Library.  Hours: 9:00a-1:00p and 2:00p-6:00p.  As with the above mobile visits, if a number becomes available to arrange an appointment I will pass it along in my next newsletter.  If you enrolled in Dutch Harbor or Anchorage and would like to activate during this visit, please contact me (email or 907-463-4640).
Exercise Volunteers Needed! 
 
Holland America Lines, the Coast Guard, and the City of Ketchikan are sponsoring a Cruise Ship "Mass Rescue" exercise in Ketchikan on April 27-29.  They are seeking volunteers to "role play" as passengers as part of the exercise.  If this sounds like fun, or something you would be willing to do to help make this exercise as valuable as possible, please visit the exercise website (www.massrescue.us) for more info and to sign up.
 

SEAK Submarine Fiber-Optic Cable 

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.

 GCI Cable Routes

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