Coast Guard closes portion of Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski, Alaska

Coast Guard closes portion of Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski, Alaska
Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil.  U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port closed portion of Offshore Systems Kenai (OSK) dock in Nikiski, Alaska, Wednesday. All operations on the north face of the pier are...

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage steps-up enforcement of tank vessel response plan violations

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage steps-up enforcement of tank vessel response plan violations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska, Capt. Paul Mehler III, has begun issuing monetary penalties to vessel operators in violation of federal regulations related to tank vessel response plan requirements. Tank vessels bound to or from a U.S. port and transiting through the Western Alaska COTP Zone must have an approved Geographic Specific Appendix in their VRP...

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to hold change of command ceremony
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Capt. Paul Mehler III will relieve Capt. Jason Fosdick as commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and as Captain of the Port for Western Alaska at a formal change of command ceremony to be held at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 11 a.m. Friday. Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th District commander, will preside at the ceremony. Fosdick will...

Coast Guard to enforce safety zones during fuel delivery to Nome

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In accordance with the anticipated fuel delivery to Nome and the associated ice breaking activities in the area, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is establishing a safety zone around all vessel and fuel delivery operations. Coast Guard personnel will be enforcing a 100-yard safety zone around the tanker vessel Renda and a 50-yard safety zone around any fuel delivery hoses...

Cargo vessels seek shelter from storm in the Bering Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has granted storm avoidance requests for five foreign cargo vessels experiencing 27-31 foot waves, winds of more than 55 mph with reported gusts up to 100 mph, while transiting along the great circle route north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Tuesday. The five vessels ranging from 500 to over 1,000 feet in length have sought...

Grounded barge on Kuskokwim River refloated

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska approved a lightering plan allowing for the removal of 30,000 gallons of aviation fuel from the grounded barge Napamute providing for a successful re-float of the barge on the Kuskokwim River Monday morning.

Coast Guard advises mariners ice season begins in Cook Inlet

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Due to the ice conditions in upper Cook Inlet near Anchorage, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska, Capt. Mark Hamilton, has advised mariners the ice season has begun in Cook Inlet.

U.S. Liberator limps into Dutch Harbor, Coast Guard monitors repairs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – For safety purposes, Capt. Mark Hamilton, Captain of the Port for Western Alaska, issued an order requiring the U.S. Liberator, a Seattle-based catcher/processor, to return immediately to port for inspection and repairs following notification of a propulsion casualty. The vessel docked safely in Dutch Harbor Sunday. Coast Guard personnel are conducting a damage survey and...