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. […]
The development of offshore oil resources is seen by most Alaskans as being vital to the long-term economic health of the state. Unlike most other states, Alaska depends almost exclusively on royalty payments derived from extraction of its natural resources to fund the cost of government services. It is important for us to ask, “Is […]
The USCG Cutter Hickory navigates heavy weather off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, March 20, 2013. The crew of the Hickory travelled along the coast of the Pacific Northwest during its return to Homer, Alaska, from a dockside period in Long Beach, Calif. USCG photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Krautler.
Lingering Oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Seen in 2012: As the issues continue with the Shell Alaska drilling unit Kulluk and Shell’s exploration efforts, it is important to remember than crude lingers for a long time in the arctic environment, heightening the importance of conducting exploration activities right the first time or […]
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 […]
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 […]