News Archives from 9-15-2011 to 11-30-2011

Mustang Survival PFD Recall Notice Issued . . . 11/30/2011

The Coast Guard issued a safety alert urging mariners and boaters to check their Mustang Survival personal flotation devices (PFDs). Mustang Survival is voluntarily recalling all model number MD2010 and MD2012 inflatable PFDs sold in the United States during 2011. The safety alert provides more specific information regarding the recall. Complete details are in the safety alert linked below.

Mustang Survival PFD Recall Notice

USCG Western Alaska Severe Weather Guide Issued . . . 11/1/11

The Captain of the Port Western Alaska in Anchorage has issued the severe weather guide for the 2011-2012 winter season. The document has guidance in procedures to be followed to avert damage from severe weather in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Area. Complete details are in the document linked below.

Severe Weather Guide 2011 - 2012

UAS Announces ECDIS Course . . . 9/29/2011

The University of Alaska Southeast announced that a course on the Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) will be offered on October 24 to the 28th and on December 12th to the 16th at the UAS Southeast Technical Center in Ketchikan. Complete details on the course offering and instructions on how to register are found in the attached notice.

Additional Information on Mariner Courses is available at the UAS Website.

Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment Milestone Reached . . . 9/27/2011

An advisory panel of experts and stakeholders has released a summary report of Phase A of the project to characterize the risk of shipping accidents and oil spills in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.  The technical studies include an examination of vessel traffic in the Aleutians and development of a risk matrix to analyze the potential consequences of spills. The advisory panel’s recommendations will be presented to federal, state and local jurisdictions for evaluation. Federal and state agencies, along with local government, will review the recommendations and evaluate which measures merit further consideration. For the Phase A Summary Report and more information about the risk assessment, please visit the Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment website at:

Mary Island AIS Antenna Activated . . . 9/15/2011

The Marine Exchange completed the installation of a new AIS receiver and antenna at Mary Island in Southeast Alaska in early September. This installation allows the Marine Exchange's tracking system to monitor traffic in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, Prince Rupert and the northern Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. The antenna installation also provides redundant coverage for other receivers in Ketchikan north into Behm Canal and west into the Pacific Ocean west of Cape Muzon.

See Photo Essay of Mary Island AIS Antenna Install