NETWORK AT A GLANCE
A nonprofit company focused on reducing the risk of marine casualties and oil spills. We do not profit from enrollment fees or marine casualties.
Represents vessels’ owners and operators seeking a cost effective solution for enhancing maritime safety and complying with U.S. oil pollution prevention regulations found in 33 CFR 155.
Board of Directors consists of representatives of the owners and operators of the vessels who participate in and pay for the Network’s Alternative Planning Criteria.
The Network’s administration is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We provide better service regarding U.S. oil pollution prevention regulations in Western Alaska by being co-located with the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Western Alaska, as well as with the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Being headquartered in Anchorage allows us to work closely with both the federal, state, local agencies and tribal and regional stakeholders, as well as our oil spill response organizations.
NAMEPA Marine Environmental Protection Award
The Network was the recipient of the 2015 North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Marine Environmental Protection Award. The award recognizes the Network’s successful environmental performance and improvement plans, innovative programs that exceed minimum regulatory compliance, and its long-term, substantial impact.
Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Safer, Cleaner Seas Award
The Network is an innovative winner in the 2016 Lloyd’s List Maritime Services Award for its work with the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for monitoring and providing enhanced oil spill response capability for seagoing vessels in Western Alaskan waters. At the Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards for 2016, the Network received the prestigious Safer, Cleaner Seas Award.
Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award
The Network was recognized by the United States Coast Guard as a recipient for their prestigious Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award for Excellence. The Network received Honorable Mention for its commitment to the environment. The biennial award recognizes organizations for outstanding achievement in all aspects of marine environmental protection.
Lloyd’s List America Environment Award Finalist
The Network was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Lloyd’s List Maritime Services Award for its work with the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for monitoring and providing enhanced oil spill response capability for seagoing vessels in Western Alaskan waters. For more information, click HERE.
- USCG regulations require vessels over 400 gross tons to have spill response approvals in their Vessel Response Plan for all U.S. Captain of The Port Zones that the vessel will transit, operate in or make a port call. The Port Zone extends to the 200 nautical mile limit of the US Exclusive Economic Zone.
- Oil spill removal capabilities in Western Alaska do not meet national planning criteria. Alaska is enormous, remote and with limited infrastructure making it challenging for vessel operators to develop spill response plans using the national planning criteria specified in 33 CFR 155. The Coast Guard recognizes this challenge and created an option known as Alternative Planning Criteria.
Western Alaska APC
- The Network was organized as a nonprofit corporation to develop APC that addresses Alaska’s unique situation and propose them to the USCG for approval. The nontank APC, which provide for a combination of risk reduction measures, response capabilities and oil spill removal equipment, was approved by the USCG in 2013.