Moving Ahead on Risk Reduction Options
The Advisory Panel met on February 22 to review more than 20 suggested risk reduction options. Reviewing the previous studies conducted for this project and bringing in their own experiences, the group identified several options that warrant further consideration or analysis:
Enhance vessel monitoring, situational awareness, and communications through application of Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, 2-way communications via AIS, and sharing weather observation from ships and other sources.
Enhance current navigational charts, current gauges, and the Coast Pilot.
Improve ice monitoring capabilities.
Increase rescue towing capability.
Encourage harbors to notify USCG if they deem a vessel unseaworthy.
Construct cross-Inlet pipeline from Drift River to Nikiski.
Map sub-sea infrastructure (both abandoned and active).
Encourage alternate inspections or audits for workboats.
For a summary of the meeting, including other options that were deemed ripe for immediate or ongoing implementation and those that they chose to drop, CIRA AP February 22 meeting summary. More information on the meeting can be found on the CIRA meetings page.
Consequences of Potential Oil Spills to Cook Inlet
Thanks to extensive input from a group of subject matter experts and public comments, the Consequence Analysis Report is now available for download, CAWS Final Report. This semi-quantitative reports draws on the input of a diverse group of experts to assess the likely consequences of seven different potential spills to Cook Inlet waters.