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June 9 (Sat) 9 am Wasilla, AK
Pickups, cab & chassis, trailers,
flatbed trucks, skid steer loaders, boom
trucks, air compressors, welders, forklifts,
gen sets & much more.
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7450 W Parks Hwy, Wasilla
More items added daily
Call about selling: 907.357.1250
2012 Caterpillar 930K
1 of 2 – Grove RT760E 60 Ton
1 of 3 – Caterpillar 320CL
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In their first month in Valdez, they performed
more than forty-five tether and towing exercises between six captains,” Alyeska’s Valdez
Communications Manager Kate Dugan says.
Escort Tugs Critical
to Oil Spill Prevention
“A vessel that becomes disabled and adrift
can pose a serious risk for an oil spill if it
drifts to shore,” says Buddy Custard, presi-
dent and CEO of Alaska Maritime Preven-
tion & Response Network, a nonprofit and
member of Chadux that is focused on reduc-
ing the risk of marine casualties and oil spills.
“Being able to dispatch a tug vessel to render
assistance to the distressed vessel and then
take it in tow before it runs aground prevents
a potential catastrophic oil spill incident.”
In July, the M/V Laura Maersk became
disabled and adrift in Unimak Pass. Howev-
er, because of early detection of the situation
by the Network monitoring center, USCG
was able to work with the vessel owner/
operator in dispatching a couple of tug vessels
that were located in Dutch Harbor. They ren-
dered assistance by placing the vessel in tow
before the ship ran aground, preventing more
than 2 million gallons of oil from being spilled
into the environment, Custard says.
“We believe there are three critical compo-
nents of an effective oil spill risk mitigation and
response strategy—information, time, and ca-
pabilities. Timely and accurate information is
essential to confirm compliance with safe rout-
ing measures we established and detect poten-
tial incidents,” Custard says. “Early detection of
a marine casualty or distress is critical in mini-
mizing the loss of life, the consequences of an
oil spill, and the loss of a vessel and its cargo.”
The Network was created by Alaskans
working in the maritime industry who shared
a common goal of reducing the risk of oil
spills while meeting federal vessel response
plan compliance requirements. The Network
provides regulatory compliance for non-tank
vessels operating in Western Alaska. It funds
a 24/7 monitoring center to track and monitor
vessels, which is operated by the Marine Ex-
change of Alaska, Custard says.
“We also have teaming agreements with tug
companies and salvage and marine firefighting providers, as well as qualified individuals,”
Recognizing the essential role tugs play in
safeguarding tankers and the environment,
every laden tanker transiting Prince William
Sound is accompanied by two tugs until the
tanker reaches the Gulf of Alaska.
“They can quickly take action if a problem
were to occur with the tanker, and one tug is
tethered to a tanker for rapid response where
tankers are particularly close to shore. The
new tugs feature increased horsepower, modern winches, and technology that improves
the system from today,” Dugan says.
Tugs designed as tanker escorts operating
in Prince William Sound have firefighting,
emergency, and oil spill response capabilities.
“Along with Alyeska, Crowley has been the
guardian of Prince William Sound for the
Crowley Alaska Tankers
completes the acquisition of
three tankers from SeaRiver
Maritime Inc., renaming Eagle
Bay as California.
Crowley Alaska Tankers
past forty years, and there is nothing more
important to Crowley than the continued
flawless operation of these tankers as environmental stewards,” Manzi says.
Also operating out of Valdez is Polar Tank-
ers, owned by ConocoPhillips.
“The current fleet of five tankers were designed with two separate engine rooms, two
propellers, and two rudders to provide extra layers of redundancy beyond regulatory