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Sector Anchorage Prevention

Coast Guard Operations in Alaska

Prevention Department Head (907) 428-4149

Port State Control Branch

The Port State Control Branch (PSC) is charged with eliminating substandard vessels from U.S. waters. The PSC Branch screens all inbound and transiting Foreign Flagged and Domestic vessels daily to ensure compliance with all applicable international and domestic laws and regulations. The international regulations originate with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which is a branch of the United Nations. The tragic loss of life with the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 spawned the first International Safety of Life at Sea - SOLAS - convention, which is perhaps the single most important treaty addressing maritime safety today.


Port State Control Branch Chief (907) 428-4171

Port State Control/Foreign Vessel Inspection (907) 428-4171 or

 - Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-12

 - Western Alaska Tank Vessel FAQ

 - Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Federal Register

 - MSIB 38-13 Clarification of Implementation Date and Notice of Arrival Requirements for Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule

Waterways Management Division

The Waterways Management (WWM) Division handles the day-to-day waterways issues and concerns that arise in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone, which has the largest area of responsibility in the nation. Responsibilities include drafting and distributing broadcast notice to mariners, safety zones, security zones and marine event permits. The WWM Division oversees all the major shipping waterways in Western Alaska. Cook Inlet is the lifeline for most of Western Alaska, providing a key route of entry for all goods and products used throughout the region. Cook Inlet also has its own unique challenges presented by its tidal ranges of nearly 30 feet and ice accumulation during 6 months of the year. Located in the Aleutian Chain, Unimak Pass is one of the busiest passes in the world and a key point in the Great Circle Route which is used by ship traffic transiting to or from Asia and Eastern Europe. The WWM Division works closely with various stakeholders and users including: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Anchorage, the Port of Anchorage, the City of Seward, the City of Whittier and numerous other remote and secluded villages throughout Western Alaska.


Waterways Division Phone (907) 428-4173 or

 -  Captain Of The Port, Western Alaska Navigation Advisory

 - 2013-2014 Severe Weather Guidelines

Alternative Planning Criteria's (APC's)

 - Nontank Vessel Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) Requirments for Western Alaska

 - Alaska Petroleum Distributors and Transporters (APD&T) APC

 - Alaska Maritime Prevention and ResponseAlaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network Tank Vessel Network (WA-APC-T) APC

 - MSIB 07-13 Requirements for Tank Vessels Conducting Lightering Operations in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone

 - Sector Anchorage Lightering Plan Form

 - MSIB 38-13 Clarification of Implementation Date and Notice of Arrival Requirements for Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule

 - Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network Non-Tank Vessel (WA-APC-NTV) APC

Ice Guidelines:

 - Navigation Saftety Advisory - Phase I Cancellation

 - Navigation Saftety Advisory - Phase II Cancelation

 - Operating Procedures For Ice Conditions In Cook Inlet

 - Self Examination Guidelines

 - Voyage Plan Template

Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Requirements:

On September 30, 2013 the Final Rule on Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP) went into effect requiring all non-tank vessels 400 gross tons and over to submit and have an approved NTVRP before January 31, 2014. More information

Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety

The Commercial Fishing Vessels Division’s primary mission is to prevent the loss of life aboard fishing vessels through inspections. The commercial fishing fleet in Alaska which currently numbers in excess of 3000 is subjected to some of the harshest sea conditions in the world. Ensuring that these vessels have the required safety equipment to proceed to sea ensures that when a casualty occurs the crew is provided the highest chance of survival possible. The equipment also provides critical tools to Search and Rescue crews to help locate and rescue the crews from distressed vessels.


Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (907) 428-4154

Paul Revere: A Story of Survival
Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay

 - Federal requirements

 - Federal requirements UPDATE-MARCH 2013

 - Drill and Instruction Requirements for Documented Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels

 - MSIB 06-13 Servicing Companies Authorized to Service Inflatable Life Rafts on Vessels Inspected under 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Facilities Branch

The Facilities Department conducts annual maritime transportation security act (MTSA) Compliance exams for 61 facilities which are required to meet security regulations found in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Part 105. These inspections include the review and approval of Security Plans; on-site verification of the plan's implementation, documentation, and training; as well as participation in drills and exercises. MTSA Security Spot-checks (an abbreviated version of the annual MTSA Compliance exam) are also conducted randomly throughout the year at each regulated facility.

Facilities Inspectors also examine Operation Manuals and review/approve Facility Response Plans for bulk transfer facilities. Our inspectors conduct transfer monitors of oil and hazardous materials, safety inspections on 15 facilities which handle cargoes of particular hazard and carry out pollution prevention inspections on 386 facilities which transfer oil and/or hazardous materials in bulk. Facility Inspectors also initiate or participate in mandatory drills and exercises. All of our on-site inspections ensure compliance with federal regulations.


Facilities Inspection Branch Chief (907) 428-4152 or

 - CID 01-12 Criteria For Downgrade of Marine Transportation Related (MTR) Facility Classification And Alternative Booming

 - MSIB 02-14 Advance Notice of Transfer for Oil and Hazardous Material Transfer Operations in the Western Alaska Captain of the Port Zone

 - Worksheet For A Reception Facility Certificate Of Adequacy For Oil

 - Application Instructions For Certificate Of Adequacy For Oil

 - Application Instructions For Certificate Of Adequacy For Garbage

Inspections Division

A primary mission of Sector Anchorage is to ensure that commercial vessels operating within the area of responsibility are in full compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations. Our marine inspectors ensure that vessels are seaworthy and properly maintained. This includes ensuring machinery, steering, and other engineering systems function properly; that vessel repairs are made in accordance with established standards; that crews are adequately trained and proficient in their duties; and that lifesaving and firefighting equipment is properly maintained and readily available. The current fleet of vessels in Sector Anchorage’s area of responsibility is in excess of 150. There is also a substantial fleet of transient vessels resulting in an average of 450 inspections per year.

The ultimate goal is to reduce the risk of injury to persons, damage to property, and to protect the marine environment.


Inspections Division Chief(907) 428-4161

Assistant Inspections Division Chief (907) 428-4173

Domestic Inspections (907) 428-4200 or

 - Ocean Tow of Jackup Drilling Units NVIC 11-91

 - T Boat Deficiencies Flyer

 - Top 10 T Boat Deficiencies

 - MSIB 06-13 Servicing Companies Authorized to Service Inflatable Life Rafts on Vessels Inspected under 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

 - Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Federal Register

 - MSIB 38-13 Clarification of Implementation Date and Notice of Arrival Requirements for Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule

 - MSIB 05-13 Servicing Requirements for Fixed CO2/Halon Systems, Pre-Engineered Clean Agent Systems and Semi-Portable/Portable Marine Fire Extinguishers

 - Enclosure to MSIB 05-13 Firefighting Equipment Servicing Requirements

Investigations Branch

The Marine Investigations Division accomplishes its mission through the investigation of various marine incidents, and through various follow-up activities designed to ensure these incidents are not repeated. Investigative activities are intended to uncover the causes of incidents, document the events and their causes, and initiate the necessary corrective actions. Investigations also detect and suppress federal law violations. The investigations of marine casualties and accidents and the determinations made are for the purpose of taking appropriate measures for promoting safety of life and property at sea, and are not intended to fix civil or criminal responsibility. The investigation will determine as closely as possible:

  1. The cause of the accident;
  2. Whether there is evidence that any failure of material (either physical or design) was involved or contributed to the casualty, so that proper recommendations for the prevention of the recurrence of similar casualties may be made;
  3. Whether there is evidence that any act of misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law on the part of any licensed or certificated person contributed to the casualty;
  4. Whether there is evidence that any Coast Guard personnel or employee of any other government agency or any other person caused or contributed to the cause of the casualty; or
  5. Whether the accident shall be further investigated by a Marine Board of Investigation in accordance with regulations in 46 C.F.R. 4.09


Investigations Division, Senior Investigating Officer (907) 428-4164

 - CG - 2692 Report of Marine Casualty

 - CG - 2692A Barge Addendum

 - CG - 2692B Report of Drug and Alcohol Testing

 - Marine Casualty Reporting Requirements

 - Coast Guard Witness Statement

 - 96 -  Hour Work/Rest History

Gold Dredging:

 - Vessel Safety Requirements for Offshore Dredge Operations

A Boater's Guide To The Federal Requirements For Recreational Boats

 - Alaska Boater's Handbook

Regional Exam Center

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