May 21, 2009
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
In This Issue
Mobile TWIC Activations
TWIC Reader Rulemaking
Tenakee Springs Success Story
NOAA Print on Demand Charts
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Correctied version to reflect actual dates for Kodiak's mobile TWIC activation visit in June!
Mobile TWIC Activations 
 
Lockheed Martin will be conducting another round of mobile TWIC activations in several remote communities in June.  The Marine Exchange will be coordinating the appointments for these visits, which are strongly encouraged:
 
Sitka: ACTIVATIONS ONLY, June 8-9, Harrigan Centennial Hall.  Hours: 10:00a-2:00p & 3:00p-7:00p.  Anyone who previously enrolled in Sitka or Juneau can activate their cards during this visit, but those who enrolled in Juneau absolutely need to call for an appointment in order to ensure your card is delivered to Sitka.  Please call 907-463-3142 as soon as possible to make an appointment.
Kethikan:  ACTIVATIONS ONLY, June 11-12, Ketchikan Harbor Office.  Hours: 10:00a-2:00p & 3:00p-7:00p.  
Anyone who previously enrolled in Ketchikan or Juneau can activate their cards during this visit, but those who enrolled in Juneau absolutely need to call for an appointment in order to ensure your card is delivered to Ketchikan.  Please call 907-463-3142 as soon as possible to make an appointment.
Kodiak: ACTIVATIONS ONLY, June 16-17, KPD Shelikof Facility (accross from Harbor Office).  Hours: 10:00a-2:00p & 3:00p-7:00p.  Anyone who previously enrolled in Kodiak or Anchorage can activate their cards during this visit, but those who enrolled in Anchorage absolutely need to call for an appointment in order to ensure your card is delivered to Kodiak.  Please call 907-463-3142 as soon as possible to make an appointment.
 
Please help pass the word of these visits to anyone you may know who can take advantage of them!
 
TWIC Reader Rulemaking 
As mentioned in my previous newsletter, the Coast Guard has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining their preliminary thoughts on future TWIC reader requirements.  They are soliciting comments on these requirements, which are due on or before May 26, 2009.
 
The Marine Exchange has submitted comments and encourage everyone else who will be affected by these future regulations to do the same.  If you choose to submit your own comments, they can be mailed to the address shown on the Marine Exchange letter (link below), submitted electronically via www.regulations.gov, or faxed to (202) 493-2251.
 
As a reminder, you can view the ANPRM by clicking here.
 
Read the Marine Exchange's comments by clicking here.
 
Tenakee Springs Success Story 

Tenakee Springs 
In our most recent partnership within Alaska's maritime community, the Marine Exchange worked with the Tenakee Springs Volunteer Fire Department to install an AIS vessel tracking receiver in their small, Southeast community.
 
As part of the agreement, the fire department's landing craft, which is the primary search & rescue vessel for the community, was outfitted with a new Class-B AIS unit.  This will allow shore-based fire department personnel to monitor the location and status of their vessel while it is engaged in emergency response operations.  This capability was tested during a SAR exercise shortly after the installation and was a huge success.
 
This receiver installation also allows the Alaska Marine Highway System to monitor their vessels operating in and around Tenakee Springs in "real-time", as well as helping to provide much-needed coverage of a good portion of Peril Strait.
 
In addition to the tracking receiver, a remote weather station was also installed which now provides real-time weather data to the National Weather Service in Juneau (to be incorporated in their NOAA Weather Radio forecasts & observations), as well as being available to the general public via this link.
 
We'd like to thank the community of Tenakee Springs for entering into this partnership and their commitment to ensuring safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible maritime operations in Alaska!
NOAA "Print on Demand" Charts 
Spring is hanging tough in Alaska and many of you are still either getting your vessels ready for the season, or you're already in full swing.  In the interest of "ensuring safe maritime operations throughout Alaska" the Marine Exchange is still offering our "Print on Demand" NOAA charts to everyone at the member discount rate (10% off) through June.  These charts are NOAA-approved (in fact, they ARE NOAA charts), with the primary difference being that they include all the required corrections up to the date we print them for you.  This means you spend more time fishing, and less time correcting charts.
If you're in Juneau, you can either call ahead and let us know which charts you need, or simply walk-in.  We are located at 1000 Harbor Way in Downtown Juneau (above Juneau Electronics at the base of the Douglas Bridge).  We'd be happy to mail the charts to those of you outside Juneau.  Call 907-463-3142 to order charts or for additional information.

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