News Archives from 5-24-2016 to 12-27-2017

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking your input in completing the WAMS survey...December 27,2017

U.S. Coast Guard is seeking your input in order to complete the
Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey for the Gastineau
Channel. WAMS is a tool for managing competing interests and uses of the
waterways and is the primary tool for managing the ATON in our waterways in
a systemic manner. The most successful WAMS are the result of thorough input
from the various waterway users--widest dissemination of this announcement
is highly encouraged. 

The survey can be accessed at.....


Internet Issue affecting NWS home page in Juneau ... December 16, 2016

There is an Internet issue affecting some NWS home pages including the Weather Forecast Office in Juneau's home page ( 

The home page map that highlights weather advisories and warnings has not updated since Thursday morning 12/15. Some links to other pages also label the information as having been last updated Thursday morning. NWS IT personnel are working on the problem.

The good news is the actual forecasts ARE updating and correct. Current weather conditions at individual sites are also up to date but note that tables of consolidated current weather conditions are not updating.

We will update you when the problem is fixed. Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions.


COTP Western Alaska Activates Ice Guidelines for Cook Inlet … December 1, 2016

Cold temperatures are causing a significant buildup of ice in upper Cook Inlet.  To assist mariners with the extreme danger posed by ice and winter weather conditions, the Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has issued a Navigation Safety Advisory implementing Phase I, effective December 1, 2016, of the Operating Guidelines for Ice Conditions in Cook Inlet. 

These guidelines require enhanced readiness for transiting the inlet in extreme cold weather.  A copy of the safety advisory and the current Cook Inlet Ice Guidelines are available at the links below.

Navigation Advisory

Navigation Advisory - 16710 - Phase l Cook Inlet Ice Guidelines 2016-2017


Adjustments to Commercial Fishing Industry Regulations Proposed . . . June 21, 2016

The Coast Guard proposes to align its commercial fishing industry vessel regulations with the mandatory provisions of 2010 and 2012 legislation passed by Congress that took effect upon enactment. The alignments would change the applicability of current regulations, and add new requirements for safety equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of unsafe operations. Comments should be submitted to the docket no later than September 19, 2016. Complete details are in the attached proposed rule.

Proposed Rule for Commercial Fishing Industry Regulations Alignment

Hawk Inlet Transit Guidelines Issued by USCG ... June 16, 2016

The Coast Guard issued guidelines for vessels transiting Hawk Inlet to the Greens creek Mine. Thye complete guide is available at the link below.

Hawk Inlet Transit Guidelines


Subchapter M Final Rule Published . . . June 20, 2016

On June 20, 2016, the Coast Guard published the final rule for Subchapter M which requires the inspection of towing vessels. The rule takes effect on 20 July 2016. Towing vessels can comply by submitting to a regular Coast Guard inspectiobn or they can opt to have a third party perform the inspection. Safety Management Systems will also be required. Complete details and full text of the final rule are linked below.

Subchapter M Final rule

Document Submittal Guidance for Subchapter M

Bering Sea Marine Safety Information Bulletin ... June 14, 2016

On 14 June 2016, the Seventeenth Coast Guard District published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin with voyage planning information for vessels transiting the Bering Sea. The Safety Bulletin discusses the state of the Hydrographic Information for the area and describes several areas that should be avoided to prevent disruption to wildlife in the area. Complete details are in the Safety Bulletin linked below.

D17 Bering Sea Safety Bulletin


NOAA Voluntary Guidelines for Seal Pupping Areas . . . May 24, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently launched updated voluntary guidelines for vessels in glacial fjords to reduce disturbance to harbor seals in glacial habitats where seals use ice floes for pupping, nursing, and molting.  These are non-binding recommendations which include general guidelines for all glacial areas, as well as area-specific measures during pupping season for Tracy Arm Fjord and Disenchantment Bay, where high levels of visitation overlap with significant concentrations of seals.  The objective of this code of conduct is to reduce risks to seals while still allowing high-quality glacier viewing opportunities. 

Voluntary Guidelines for Seal Pupping Areas