Next Steps on Non-Tank Vessel Response Planning Regulations
On September 30, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard released the final regulations [Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 189] requiring non-tank vessels to have plans in place similar to those required of tank vessels since the late 1990s. The new regulations also include salvage and marine firefighting, again similar to the tank vessel requirements. The CIRA Advisory Panel recommended promulgation of the regulations as a risk reduction option for Cook Inlet that was ready for immediate or ongoing implementation [Risk Reduction Options for Immediate or Sustained Implementation].
In December 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard approved Alternate Planning Criteria for the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone, which includes Cook Inlet. More information can be found at www.ak-mprn.org/news.
Check back in January for more information on the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment project! Interim deliverables will be posted and announced on the home page as they become available.