News Archives from 1-17-08 to 2-11-08

UAS Announces Maritime Courses . . . - 02/11/2008
The University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan announced its spring schedule of maritime related classes. Classes are to be held throughout Southeast Alaska. See the attached listing of classes for complete details."

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA SOUTHEAST MARITIME RELATED CLASSES

UAS Schedule of Classes

LNG Ship Names Changed . . . - 02/07/2008
The Marine Exchange has learned that the two LNG tankers running between the Conoco Phillips LNG Plant in Nikiski and Japan have undergone an ownership change and have been been renamed and reflagged from the Liberian flag to the Bahamas. The ARCTIC SUN has been renamed ARCTIC SPIRIT and the POLAR EAGLE has been renamed POLAR SPIRIT. These two relatively new vessels started service in 1993 when they replaced the older LNG tankers ARCTIC TOKYO and POLAR ALASKA. For more information on the LNG tankers operating out of Cook Inlet see the link below.

SHIPPING LNG FROM NIKISKI TO JAPAN

Shipping LNG Out of Cook Inlet

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Columbia Crew Receives Award . . . - 02/01/2008
17th Coast Guard District Commander, Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks (right) presents the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Alaska Marine Highway System Capt. Philip Taylor during an award ceremony in Juneau January 18, 2008. The Coast Guard awarded the citation to Taylor and Columbia’s crew for assistance in rescuing 252 passengers from the cruise ship Empress of the North after it grounded in Southeast Alaska waters May 14, 2007. (Official DOT&PF photo by Roger W. Wetherell)

Immersion Suit Testing Requirements . . . - 01/29/2008
The Coast Guard asked the Marine Exchange to help spread the word about the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular NVIC 01-08 regarding the inspection and testing of immersion suits. The NVIC explains how the older immersion suits are subject to deterioration and must be inspected thoroughly in order to ensure that the suit will be able to save your life if you have to go into the water. This is so important for all mariners who operate in Alaska where these immersion suits all too frequently have been needed to keep people alive until help has been able to arrive. Everyone who goes to sea should review this information and please make sure that your immersion suit is in good condition. Complete details are posted below.

SHIPBOARD INSPECTION AND TESTING OF IMMERSION SUITS

NVIC 01-08 Regarding Shipboard Testing of Immersion Suits

Incorrect Tide Tables Published . . . - 01/17/2008
The Coast Guard published a Safety Notice advising that the times of tides published in the Alaska Tidebook are in error. Complete details on the problem are in the document posted below.

INCORRECT TIDE TABLE INFORMATION PUBLISHED

Safety Notice and Complete Information on Tide Table Errors