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Researchers use drones to create 3D map for Alaska wave study

The Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center carried out a multibeam bathymetry survey and a land survey of Cannon Beach in Yakutat, Alaska. This aims to create a 3D map of the beach, under a US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management-funded project to assess wave energy in Alaska.

US approves oil and gas island off Alaska

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued conditional approval to Hilcorp Alaska for its Liberty Project oil and gas development and production plan. If developed, the facility will be the first oil and gas production facility in federal waters off Alaska.

USCG rescues three as boats runs aground in Alaska

A boat ran aground on Saturday, September 29 in Puget Bay, Alaska, after its engine failed. The USCG responded on the site of the incident and rescued three men. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak landed on scene, helped the men off the 25-foot boat and brought them to Seward.

Cruise industry to continue strong in 2018

According to the seventh edition of the Cruise Lines International Association’s Travel Agent Cruise Outlook research report, the cruise industry is continuing strong. Namely, cruise sales are on the rise for 79% of travel agents. Alaska lies at the top of the list of popular destinations.

One dead after canoe capsizes in Haines, Alaska

A man lost his life on the Davidson Glacier River near Haines, Alaska, after a canoe with 11 people on board capsized on Monday, July 30. The canoe was being used as a guided tour of Glacier Point for passengers from three different cruise ships. The remaining passengers were rescued.

NOAA surveys Alaska to pave the way for US maritime Arctic

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coast Survey announced launch of hydrographic expeditions through July and August to discover what lies underneath the water’s surface. Currently only 4.1% of the US maritime Arctic has been charted to modern international navigation standards.

Fishing vessel sinks after being trapped between two ships

On July 14, the fishing vessel ‘Kristi’ lost power near Clark’s Point, a Bristol Bay village near Dillingham, Alaska. The boat became trapped between two ships and its crew escaped moments before the vessel sank. USCG is currently investigating the incident, in order to identify the causes of it.

Three people rescued after fishing vessel sinks off Alaska

A USCG helicopter crew and the crew of a good Samaritan fishing vessel rescued three people from the sinking fishing vessel ‘Leona’ in the Sitka Sound, Alaska, on Monday. USCG Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report at 10:30 p.m. that the vessel was taking on water and the bilge pumps were unable to keep up with the rate of flooding.

US Alternative Planning Criteria on western Alaska

The US Coast Guard has extended the Network’s and the 1-Call’s non-tank vessels’ APCs until 2021. The Network’s tanker APC approval was extended through 31 December 2018. Operators should be aware that the US Coast Guard has not approved the renewal of Alaska Response Corp APC, which expired on June 30, 2018.

West Club warns of VRP compliance issues in the US

The Alternative Compliance Procedure schemes operated in Alaska by both Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network and 1-Call Alaska have been given approval by the USCG to continue their operations until 2021, although the Network’s tanker APC has only been extended until the end of this year.

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