Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee seeks members; deadline is June 4

The proposed Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is another step closer to reality. After writing and receiving comments on a draft charter, the group’s convening committee is searching for another essential organizational element: members.

The Harbor Safety Committee is being assembled by project manager Tim Robertson of environmental consulting group Nuka Research, who lead the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment, a study of the probability and consequences of oil spills in the Cook Inlet. The creation of a harbor safety committee is a preventative measure strongly recommended by the Risk Assessment.

In a previous interview with the Peninsula Clarion, Robertson said the Harbor Safety Committee will serve as a way for different users of Cook Inlet to cooperatively determine best practices for the region, and that their first priority will be the creation of a comprehensive Harbor Safety Plan, a set of voluntary recommendations for safe vessel operation in Cook Inlet.

After presenting the Risk Assessment report in November 2014, Robertson, with members of the Coast Guard and the non-profit group Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, formed a committee to write a charter and prepare to solicit members for the Harbor Safety Committee. 

The draft charter was released in late April, and a comment period on it ended in early May.

Now the Harbor Safety Committee is seeking to fill its 20 seats with representatives from groups including environmentalists, pilots, operators of oil terminals, tankers, ferries, tugs and barges, LNG carriers, cruise ships, salvagers and responders, recreational boaters, and the ports of Anchorage, Homer, and MacKenzie. 

Applicants from maritime groups should have a Merchant Officer’s credential or a current position on a vessel or in a maritime company operating in Cook Inlet. 

For other positions, applicants must live in a Cook Inlet community.

The committee’s managing board will appoint from the applicants a representative and an alternate to fill each seat. The application period is open until June 4. If interested, a letter of interest and a resume should be faxed to (240) 368-7467 or emailed to CIRAapplicants@nukaresearch.com.

Ben Boettger is a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion.

More in News

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Anchor Point house fire leaves one dead, one in serious condition

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Snow and debris from an avalanche can be seen near Mile 45 on the Seward Highway on Monday, March 29, 2021. (Photo courtesy Goldie Shealy)
Center promotes avalanche awareness

The Chugach Avalanche Center in Girdwood will begin its daily forecasts Saturday.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Seawatch: Historic sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay

ADF&G says 2022 run could break this year’s record

The entrance to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in the Tongass National Forest was covered in snow on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, a day after federal authorities announced the next step in restoring the 2001 Roadless Rule on the forest. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Feds put freeze on Roadless Rule rollback

On the Roadless Rule again.

tease
Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening 2 US senators

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Commercial fishing vessels are seen here on the Kenai River on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Fishing industry takes a hit during pandemic

Overall fish harvesting jobs in Alaska dropped by the widest margin since 2000 — 14.1% — in 2020.

FILE - The Olympic rings stand atop a sign at the entrance to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif., on July 8, 2020. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, declared "squaw" to be a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove the term from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names. The popular California ski resort changed its name to Palisades Tahoe earlier this year. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
Interior secretary seeks to rid U.S. of derogatory place names

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared… Continue reading

Most Read