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IMO Updates its Guidance for Cold Water ...

Crowley Tug Nanerliq in the Ice Filled Waters of Prince William Sound Alaska - Photo Alan Sorum

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved revisions of its cold water survival guide during November 2012. These standards were revised due to advancements made in our understanding of coldwater physiology and medical treatment. While the guidance is aimed at mariners, anyone working or playing on northern waters will benefit from its advice. […]

Arctic Nautical Charts Scheduled for Upd...

Arctic Nautical Charts Scheduled for Updates - NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey is planning an update of Arctic nautical charts. Nautical charts represent the traditional means mariners use to navigate coastal waters safely. The paper nautical chart reaches back into history with President Jefferson who commissioned the first surveys for charts in 1807. Paper charts vary […]

Alaska Tests Transportation Worker Ident...

Senator Begich Sponsors Transportation Worker Identification Card Reform

Thanks to efforts of Alaska’s Senator Mark Begich, maritime and transportation workers that are required to hold special identification cards will see the process used to secure the documents simplified. Workers with access to secure marine facilities like oil terminals and cruise ship docks are required to hold a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Issued […]