MARAD Designates New Marine Highway Routes in Alaska

MARAD Designates New Marine Highway Routes in Alaska

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has designated two new Marine Highway routes, one including seasonal barge routes in Alaska, in an effort to speed up movement of goods, strengthen supply chains and support local economies in Alaska. Buttigieg made the announcement in Juneau on Aug. 16, on the last day of a three-day whirlwind tour of Alaska, where he met with residents of the city Kotzebue, toured the Port of Alaska and traveled aboard an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry to visit Southeast Alaska towns. “By expanding our marine highway system, we can strengthen our supply chains, improve port operations…
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Removal Planned for Tug Submerged at National Guard Dock in Alaska

Removal Planned for Tug Submerged at National Guard Dock in Alaska

Weather permitting, work to remove a partly submerged tugboat at the National Guard Dock in Gastineau Channel, Alaska, was expected to be underway this month, the U.S. Coast Guard said Feb. 7. The Coast Guard contracted salvage firm Melino’s Marine Services to perform the work of removing the tug by using a barge and crane system that came from Bellingham. Once removed, the tug is expected to be moved by barge to an out-of-state disposal site. The tug had been partly submerged with an oil sheen since at least Dec. 29 when Coast Guard Sector Juneau first received word on…
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USCG Cutter Douglas Denman Arrives in Alaska

USCG Cutter Douglas Denman Arrives in Alaska

After 36 days and nearly 7,000 miles traveling from Key West, Florida, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Douglas Denman arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Friday, Aug. 19, according to the USCG. The arrival of Guard’s 49th Fast Response Cutter to the most southeastern city in Alaska culminates a year of administration and training to prepare the crew to take ownership of the cutter, which completed production in 2020. “It’s been a long but extremely rewarding journey to get to this point,” said Chief Petty Officer Hayes Printy, the cutter’s engineering chief. “Seeing the crew’s growth throughout the…
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USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

To strengthen efforts in the Alaskan region, members of U.S. Coast Guard 17th District and Sector Anchorage received Washington D.C.-based lawmakers and mission officials in Anchorage earlier this month. For two days, visitors viewed presentations by officials from the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, U.S. Northern Command and Alaskan Command at Sector Anchorage on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and toured Nome and Kotzebue and met with representatives from the Port of Nome, NANA Regional Corp., Native Village of Kotzebue and the Maniilaq Association, according to the Coast Guard. “With growing activity and increased responsibility for…
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USCG Teams Deploy to Alaska

USCG Teams Deploy to Alaska

Members of the U.S. Guard recently headed to Kotzebue, Alaska, to support various operations this summer. Sector Anchorage’s Marine Safety Task Force is expected to be in the area through July 16 for a multi-mission deployment mainly centered around facility inspections. “Facility inspections help mitigate the potential for oil pollution in the region,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician and team lead. “These facilities are crucial for providing oil to warm homes during winter months. Alaska experiences harsh environmental conditions, so it’s important to inspect the safety and integrity of such waterside facilities to decrease…
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USCG Warns of Illegal Vessel Operators in Alaska

USCG Warns of Illegal Vessel Operators in Alaska

Passengers should be mindful of vessels that could be operating illegally in Alaska this season, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Sunday, June 26. Some boat operators may not have had a proper USCG inspection, training, credentials and/or enrolled in a mandated drug testing program, according to the USCG. “It is important for the safety of all involved that you do your homework before selecting a charter company,” Cmdr. Jason Boyer, Chief of Prevention, 17th Coast Guard District, said. “Your diligence will help ensure the company meets regulations for required safety equipment and Coast Guard credentials. Don’t place your friends or…
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USCG To Conduct Missions in Alaska This Summer

USCG To Conduct Missions in Alaska This Summer

From June through August, the U.S. Coast Guard be involved in search and rescue, vessel safety, defending Alaska’s marine resources and other mission goals, according to the USCG. This week, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams and Sector Juneau began conducting summer missions in Petersburg and Wrangell, Alaska including inspections in Petersburg, and offering commercial fishing and charter boat exams. The USCG said it plans to keep a regular presence on the water and board vessels with a pair of 29-foot response boat crews. With the upcoming departure of Coast Guard cutter Anacapa and the…
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