>Day One: CANUSDIX 2009


Several of my Sector Juneau shipmates and I traveled to the scenic Prince Rupert, British Columbia on Monday to participate in an international oil spill response exercise known as CANUSDIX. Some of us traveled by float plane while others made it by AMHS ferries. We packed prepared for any weather, be it sunshine or rain. Luckily, when we arrived we received a warm welcome from our Canadian counterparts and were greeted by beautiful sunshine.

As the first day of the exercise commenced, participants gathered in a meeting room in Chance’s Casino to discuss exercise operations, review Incident Command System procedures, and meet representatives from all agencies involved. Expected exercise participants include Coast Guard, Canadian coast guard, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, State of Alaska, the Province of British Columbia and South East Alaska Petroleum Response Organization, the mutual aid response organization from Ketchikan and other Provincial and Federal Canadian & U.S. government agencies.

The Canadian hosted exercise is held in conjunction with the Joint U.S./Canada Contingency Plan for spills in contiguous waters between the two countries. It will be an opportunity for all of us at Sector Juneau to interface with international partners and practice response procedures currently used throughout all of Southeast Alaska. USCGC ANTHONY PETIT, District 17 Response Advisory Team, District 13, and Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan members are present and participating.

Day One ended with participants excited and eager to start the Table Top Exercise scheduled for tomorrow. I will be in the Public Information Unit and will be working with Canadian Coast Guard personnel and counterparts from District 13. PA3 Wes Shinn will be documenting our activities with photography and video as the week progresses.

More to follow as CANUSDIX 2009 kicks off.

Very Respectfully,

LTJG Andrea Manuel

Departing Ketchikan in a float plane…

Leaving U.S. Waters…
Arriving in Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, homeported in Ketchikan, is moored in Seal Cove, British Columbia. Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Provo Wallis is moored abeam of the Anthony Petit.

Exercise participants meet and greet in Chance’s Casino…preparing for Day Two.