Welcome to The Network

The Network provides vessel operators with federal regulatory compliance to operate enrolled tank and nontank vessels in Western Alaska and Prince William Sound.

Mission

The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network [Network] serves to assist vessel owners and operators be in compliance with U.S. oil pollution prevention regulations and protect mariners and the Alaska marine environment. It takes more than logistics to carry out this mission – it takes an incredible team all pointed in the right direction. Guided by our core values of respect, integrity, stewardship, and excellence, the Network provides exceptional service while providing a safe and efficient APC provider.

Network Goals

  • Reduce risk of maritime incidents through real time monitoring of vessel routes
  • Improve oil pollution response capabilities in the event they are needed
  • Research and develop future ways to enhance our first two goals

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 APC’s.

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.

Strategic Partner List

Awards

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.

USCG Requirements

  • 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 virtually impossible 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 (APC).

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 APC, which provide for a combination of risk reduction measures, response capabilities and oil spill removal equipment, was approved by the USCG in 2013.
Lloyd's List Winner North America 2016

Lloyd's List Winner North America 2016

The Network is an innovative winner in the 2016 Lloyd’s List Maritime Services Award for its work monitoring and providing enhanced oil spill response capability for seagoing vessels in Western Alaskan waters.

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