CIRCAC grateful to those who participated in discussion

Posted: Friday, March 03, 2006

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (CIRCAC) would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all who attended our panel discussion last Friday on the recent Seabulk Pride incident.

Comments and questions about the incident improved the public’s understanding of what went wrong when ice floe tore the tanker from the KPL dock and grounded it on a nearby beach. More importantly, we understand better what might be done to improve safety for large vessels loading at the Nikiski docks in the future.

Special thanks goes out to the panel participants from Tesoro Maritime, Cook Inlet Tug and Barge, Southwest Alaska Pilots Association, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Seabulk International and the U.S. Coast Guard for their observations about the incident and the need for improved safety in Cook Inlet.

The council’s mission is to represent the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet. We will to continue to focus our efforts to ensure that an incident such as this never occurs again.

Thank you, again, to all who participated in the panel discussion.

Michael Munger

CIRCAC executive director

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