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Western Alaska

Nontank Vessels (Transit Only):

A Western Alaska APC Captain of the Port (COTP) approval is required for all nontank vessels that will be transiting the Western Alaska COTP zone on the way to or from a United States port and/or when calling to a port located in Western Alaska.  The Western Alaska COTP zone extends 200 NM from the Alaskan coastline.  There are two USCG approved Western Alaska APC providers: the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (NETWORK) and 1-Call Alaska.

By enrolling vessels with a USCG approved Western Alaskan APC provider (including the submission of required vessel details), vessels can obtain Western Alaska COTP zone endorsement from the USCG.  The following is a general overview of the Western Alaska APC providers.  For more information pertaining to a respective provider, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems ([email protected]).

As of 30 June 2018, two Western Alaska APC providers are approved for non-tank vessels transiting and/or calling Alaskan ports located within the Aleutian Islands Subarea, Bristol Bay Subarea, and Kodiak Subarea.  The following illustrates the 3 approved Subareas (the subarea extends 200 nm south of the Aleutians Islands and Kodiak Islands):

Both companies are also approved to cover vessels transiting outside out the previously mentioned subareas (Aleutians Islands Subarea, Bristol Bay Subareas, and Kodiak Island) or calling to an Alaskan port.

Each Western Alaska APC provider issues coverage certificates on a fleet basis. Although the entire fleet is enrolled, only the vessels that transit the Western Alaska or Prince William Sound Captain of the Port zones will be invoiced.  For details concerning pricing of each APC provider, and information on the GMS service fees, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems ([email protected]).

The validity of coverage, regardless of provider, extends at least one year from the date that the vessel first transits the region.  The vessel can transit this region continuously throughout the validity of coverage without additional charge.

In order to remain compliant under each Western Alaska APC provider, the vessels must also adhere to each of the respective providers’ “Operating Procedures” as well as having additional documentation on board while transiting the region.  This documentation is provided at the time of enrollment.

The NETWORK APC is approved for the entire Western Alaska COTP zone.  Enrollment fees for a vessel transiting are based on a total NTV BBL Capacity with a maximum fee of $5,045 USD per vessel per year.  Proof of enrollment with the NETWORK must be submitted to USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit the Western Alaska COTP zone.  To remain compliant under the NETWORK APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (Operating Procedures – Cargo and Passenger).  Any deviation from the APC operating procedures requires notification to the NETWORK and gaining approval from the USCG Sector.

The 1-Call Alaska APC is also approved for the entire Western Alaska COTP zone. The 1-Call Alaska APC enrollment fees for a vessel transiting are based on a total NTV BBL Capacity with a maximum fee of $5,700 USD per vessel per year.  Proof of enrollment with 1-Call Alaska must be submitted to USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit the Western Alaska COTP zone.  To remain compliant under the 1-Call Alaska APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (Masters Guide for Vessels Operating under the 1-Call Alaska APC while in COTP W Alaska Waters).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to 1-Call Alaska and gaining approval from the USCG Sector.

As a reminder, additional information pertaining to pricing, GMS enrollment fees, and the enrollment process for each APC provider is available upon request.

Tank Vessels (Transit Only):

A Western Alaska Captain of the Port (COTP) APC approval is required for all tank vessels that will transit the Western Alaska COTP zone on the way to or from a United States port.  As of November 1, 2016, the only USCG approved Western Alaska APC for tank vessels is provided through the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (NETWORK).  The NETWORK APC enrollment fee for tank vessels is $7,125 USD.  Additional enrollment into the local OSRO provider Chadux is also required at fee of $10,000 USD.  Proof of enrollment into both the NETWORK and Chadux OSRO coverage needs to be submitted to the USCG Headquarters in order to obtain approval to transit in the Western Alaska COTP.

To remain compliant under the NETWORK APC, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC pertaining to the operating procedures (http://www.ak-mprn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WA-APC-TV-Operating-Procedures-04 18 2016.pdf).  Any deviation from the APC operation procedures requires notification to the NETWORK and gaining approval from the USCG Sector.

For more information in regards to enrolling your vessel, please contact Gallagher Marine Systems ([email protected]).

Tank Vessels and Nontank Vessels Trading to Alaska:

Please contact Gallagher Marine Systems at [email protected] if a vessel is scheduled to trade in the Western Alaska COTP zone to obtain further information.

Guam Port Calls

GUAM PORT CALLS – In an effort to streamline the enrollment requirements and process for both nontank and tank vessels, the USCG issued their ‘D14 Remote Zone APC requirements’ for Guam port calls.  Under these guidelines, GMS has gained USCG approval for two separate Core APCs (nontank and tank) for vessels calling to Guam and/or Saipan.

For vessels to be successfully enrolled under either of the GMS Core APCs, the USCG requires that the vessel enter into a contract with the local OSRO provider, OSROCO/T&T, in addition to having national OSRO coverage (through the National Response Corporation and/or Marine Spill Response Corporation). GMS can arrange the contract with OSROCO/T&T, enroll the vessel into the GMS Core APC, and gain USCG COTP Zone approval for Guam for all vessels calling Guam and/or Saipan.

To remain compliant under the GMS Core APCs, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC under the section titled ‘Prevention Mitigation Measures.’ 

For more information and assistance to enroll your vessel into the GMS Core APC for calling to Guam, please contact GMS at [email protected].

American Samoa Port Calls

AMERICAN SAMOA PORT CALLS – In an effort to streamline the enrollment requirements and process for both nontank and tank vessels, the USCG issued their ‘D14 Remote Zone APC requirements’ for American Samoa port calls.  Under these guidelines, GMS has gained USCG approval for two separate Core APCs (nontank and tank) for vessels calling to American Samoa.

For vessels to be successfully enrolled under either of the GMS Core APCs, the USCG requires that the vessel enter into a contract with the local OSRO provider, Solar Environmental Services Inc., in addition to having national OSRO coverage (through the National Response Corporation and/or Marine Spill Response Corporation), and a contract with a Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) provider.

GMS can arrange the contract with Solar, enroll the vessel into the GMS Core APC, and gain the necessary USCG COTP Zone approval for port call authorization in American Samoa. To remain compliant under the GMS Core APCs, the Master must fully understand and adhere to the requirements found in the APC under the section titled ‘Prevention Mitigation Measures.’ 

For more information and assistance to enroll your vessel into the GMS Core APC for calling to American Samoa, please contact GMS at [email protected].

Hawaii

HAWAII – While trading to Hawaii does not require an APC, all vessels calling to a Hawaiian port will need to take additional actions to remain in compliance. Presently, both the National Response Corporation and the Marine Spill Response Corporation are authorized to provide coverage for vessels in the Honolulu COTP Zone.

For more information and assistance in ensuring coverage for your vessels please contact GMS at [email protected].