ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) and Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (Network) have formed a strategic alliance to support non-tank vessels (NTVs) in meeting new federal regulations and to also enhance oil spill response in Western Alaska and Prince William Sound.
As a part of this alliance, the Network will join the Marine Preservation Association (MPA), the funding organization for MSRC. Through its membership in MPA, the Network and its participants will have access to MSRC's resources and knowledge base.
MSRC will work with the Network to develop a "Western Alaska Fly Away Kit" identifying appropriate resources that could be flown to Alaska to support an incident. This kit could include recent additions to MSRC's inventory, such as Norwegian fast advancing oil collection systems (Busters) and remote sensing capabilities.
MSRC will also participate with the Network and its other response partners, including Alaska Chadux, in an annual exercise. The Network is working to enhance the NTV Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) to include MSRC's planned "Western Alaska Fly Away Kit."