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Western Alaska

Nontank Vessels (Transit Only):

A Western Alaska APC Captain of the Port (COTP) approval is required for all nontank vessels that will be transiting the Western Alaska COTP zone on the way to or from a United States port and/or when calling to a port located in Western Alaska.  The Western Alaska COTP zone extends 200 NM from the Alaskan coastline.  There are three USCG approved Western Alaska APC providers: the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (NETWORK), 1-Call Alaska, and The Alaska Response Company (ARC).

By enrolling into an USCG approved Western Alaskan APC provider, the vessel(s) can obtain Western Alaska COTP zone endorsement from the USCG.  The following is a general overview of the Western Alaska APC providers.  For more information pertaining to a respective provider, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems (info@chgms.com).

As of November 1, 2016, all three Western Alaska APC providers are approved for non-tank vessels transiting and/or calling Alaskan ports located within the Aleutian Islands Subarea, Bristol Bay Subarea, and Kodiak Subarea.  The following illustrates the 3 approved Subareas (the subarea extends 200 nm south of the Aleutians Islands and Kodiak Islands):

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If a vessel is to transit outside out the previously mentioned subareas (Aleutians Islands Subarea, Bristol Bay Subareas, and Kodiak Island) or call to an Alaskan port, the only currently approved Western Alaska APC provider for the remaining Alaskan regions is the NETWORK.

Enrollment into each Western Alaska APC provider can be on a vessel by vessel basis or by fleet basis.  Each provider provides a discount if the entire fleet is enrolled.  If the entire fleet is enrolled, only the vessels that transit the region that uses the APC services will be invoiced.  For details concerning pricing of each APC provider, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems (info@chgms.com).

The validity of coverage, regardless of provider, extends at least one year from the date that the vessel first transits the region.  The vessel can transit this region continuously throughout the validity of coverage without additional charge.

In order to remain compliant under each Western Alaska APC provider, the vessels must also adhere to each of the respective providers’ “Operating Procedures” as well as having additional documentation on board while transiting the region.  This documentation is provided at the time of enrollment or upon request.

As a reminder, additional information pertaining to pricing, GMS enrollment fees, and the enrollment process for each APC provider is available upon request.

The NETWORK APC is approved for the entire Western Alaska COTP zone.  Enrollment fees for a vessel transiting are based on a total NTV BBL Capacity with a maximum fee of $5,460 USD per vessel per year.  Proof of enrollment with the NETWORK needs to be submitted to the USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit the Western Alaska COTP zone.  To remain compliant under the NETWORK APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (The Network APC NonTank Vessel Operating Procedures).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to the NETWORK and gaining approval from USCG Sector Western Alaska.  The NETWORK now offers the ability to enroll an entire fleet with invoices being issued only to those vessels that require this service.

The 1-Call Alaska APC is approved for the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Sub-areas within the Western Alaska COTP zone.  The 1-Call Alaska APC enrollment fees for a vessel transiting are based on a total NTV BBL Capacity with a maximum fee of $5,700 USD per vessel per year.  Proof of enrollment with the 1-Call Alaska needs to be submitted to the USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit the Western Alaska COTP zone.  To remain compliant under the 1-Call Alaska APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (1-Call Alaska APC Vessel Operational Guidelines – Ver 3.1).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to 1-Call Alaska and gaining approval from USCG Sector Western Alaska.  1-Call Alaska now offers the ability to enroll an entire fleet with invoices being issued only to those vessels that require this service.

The Alaska Response Company (ARC) APC is approved for the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Sub-areas within the Western Alaska COTP zone.  The Alaska Response Company APC enrollment fees for a vessel transiting are based on a total NTV BBL Capacity with a maximum fee of $5,300 USD per vessel per year.  Proof of enrollment with the Alaska Response Company needs to be submitted to the USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit the Western Alaska COTP zone.  To remain compliant under the Alaska Response Company APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (ARC APC Plan Vessel Master’s Checklist (May 1, 2016)).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to Alaska Response Company and gaining approval from USCG Sector Western Alaska.  Alaska Response Company now offers the ability to enroll an entire fleet with invoices being issued only to those vessels that require this service.

For more information in regards to enrolling your vessel, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS).

Tank Vessels (Transit Only):

A Western Alaska Captain of the Port (COTP) APC approval is required for all tank vessels that will transit the Western Alaska COTP zone on the way to or from a United States port.  As of November 1, 2016, the only USCG approved Western Alaska APC for tank vessels is provided through the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (NETWORK).  The NETWORK APC enrollment fee for tank vessels is $7,500 USD.  Additional enrollment into the local OSRO provider Chadux is also required at fee of $850 USD.  Proof of enrollment into both the NETWORK and Chadux OSRO coverage needs to be submitted to the USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit in the Western Alaska COTP.  To remain compliant under the NETWORK APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (The Network APC Tanker Vessel Operating-Procedures).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to the NETWORK and gaining approval from USCG Sector Western Alaska.  For more information in regards to enrolling your vessel, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems (info@chgms.com).

Tank Vessels and Nontank Vessels Trading to Alaska:

Please contact Gallagher Marine Systems at info@chgms.com if a vessel is scheduled to trade in the Western Alaska COTP zone to obtain further information.

Guam Port Calls

In an effort to streamline the enrollment requirements and process for both nontank and tank vessels, the USCG issued their ‘D14 Remote Zone APC requirements’ for Guam port calls.  Under these guidelines, GMS has gained USCG approval for two separate Core APCs (nontank and tank) for vessels calling to Guam.

For vessels to be successfully enrolled under either of the GMS Core APCs, the USCG requires proof that the vessel is enrolled into ONE local OSRO coverage as well as a Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) provider.  To remain compliant under the GMS Core APCs, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC under the section titled ‘Prevention Mitigation Measures.’  For more information and assistance to enroll your vessel into the GMS Core APC for calling to Guam, please contact GMS.

American Samoa Port Calls

In an effort to streamline the enrollment requirements and process for both nontank and tank vessels, the USCG issued their ‘D14 Remote Zone APC requirements’ for American Samoa port calls.  Under these guidelines, GMS has gained USCG approval for two separate Core APCs (nontank and tank) for vessels calling to American Samoa.

For vessels to be successfully enrolled under either of the GMS Core APCs, the USCG requires proof that the vessel is has local OSRO coverage, national OSRO coverage (through the National Response Corporation and/or Marine Spill Response Corporation), and a contract with a Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) provider.  To remain compliant under the GMS Core APCs, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC under the section titled ‘Prevention Mitigation Measures.’  For more information and assistance to enroll your vessel into the GMS Core APC for calling to Guam, please contact GMS.

Hawaii

While trading to Hawaii does not require an APC, all vessels calling to a Hawaiian port will need to take additional actions to remain in compliance.  VRP and NTVRP Planholders must identify a contractor to provide the required Dispersant & Aerial Tracking (CAPS) services.  The “CAPS” rule establishes equipment capability limits (CAPS) on the amount of resources that Planholders are required to ensure available by contract or other approved means.  In order to meet the Dispersant Resources provider requirement, vessel calling to Hawaii will need to enroll with the Clean Islands Council, a local OSRO, in addition to their national OSRO provider.  For more information and assistance to enroll your vessel with Clean Islands Council, please contact GMS.