Skimming the surface of Arctic oil recovery

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning The chances of oil spills become more likely as permanent sea ice diminishes in the Arctic and maritime activity increases. As the federal response agency for offshore spills, the Coast Guard is exploring […]


Here comes the boom

You can’t just walk into Kotzebue. It’s not that easy. The little city is out on the northern tip of Baldwin Peninsula, 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets in late June.


PREP-ed for Action: USCG, partners test contingency response plans in Sitka, Alaska

Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis, and plans for how to remove or prevent the spread of pollution are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city and borough of Sitka came together with several state, local and federal agencies as well as industry members to conduct the 2015 Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Full- Scale Exercise in Sitka, Alaska, Apr. 22-23.


Know Your 17th District: Incident Management

“You never know what’s going to happen when that phone rings,” said Lt. Sara Morin, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard 17th District. Responding to the unexpected is a way of life in the command center, the communication […]


Coast Guard, state, industry prepare for the worst with 48-hour spill response exercise

A tank vessel strikes a barge in southern Prince William Sound. A report comes in that more than one million gallons of oil have spilled and spread across the waters of the Sound. Hundreds of personnel and response vessels need […]