On 19 September 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard extended through the end of June 2018 its approval of our partner ARC’s alternative planning criteria (APC) plan for the Western Alaska / Aleutians, Kodiak, and Bristol Bay sub-areas. Aleutians Spill Control, Inc. services are accessed through ARC's APC. Please visit their site for more information by clicking on the Learn More button to the right.
ASCI has response resources available for deployment round-the-clock. The OSRO has delivered spill response gear throughout the remote Aleutians. Equipment and personnel are pre-located on Adak Island and in Cold Bay, Alaska, supplemented with additional cascade resources from Anchorage and beyond. ASCI's Class D OSRO is rated to MMPD and WCD1 with substantial boom, skimming, and storage capacities.Learn More
ASCI's services include spill prevention through our proprietary Vessel Tracking, Response Analysis, and Compliance tool ("VTRAC"). We also provide spill containment, collection, temporary storage, decontamination and waste disposal, specialized wildlife response, remote communications, and staging support. A primary focus for ASCI is the protection of Alaska's precious environment for the support of our fishing industries and critical wildlife.Learn More
Resources are located near the Unimak Pass choke point, as well as on Adak Island. ASCI's trained personnel stand ready with adequate vessels and assets to respond to any spill incident on the North Pacific Great Circle Route through the Aleutians. In addition to our current preparation to respond, ASCI's strategic plan calls for caches to be added at additional locations in the Aleutians, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Sub-Areas to further reduce risk through expanded response readiness.Learn More
ASCI believes in prevention through caution and preparedness to respond. This is the meaning of a Pathway to Protection. Through a unique blend of mechanical and other response capabilities in the region with cutting edge, proprietary tracking, response analysis, and compliance tools, ASCI’s OSRO goes above and beyond.
The AIS-based system monitoring and tracking VTRAC tool is a GIS-based application in which AIS-generated data is combined with geo-referenced information specific to response needs and rules to monitor, in near-real time, the speed and location of enrolled vessels as they transit through the chosen coverage area.
Through a build up of response capabilities actually on Adak Island in the heart of the Aleutian Islands chain, our local synergies focus on making the capability close, i.e., truly local.
ASCI provides monitoring of our VTRAC system. The monitoring function, under the careful oversight of the operations team, maintains readiness to prevent problems before they occur and respond timely if necessary.
ASCI has positioned depots of WCD1 levels of equipment on Adak Island and at Cold Bay, Alaska as part of our focus on enhancing oil spill response capabilities in the region.
Western Alaska is home to a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. The area wildlife are due protection in their own right. And preserving our natural resources also protects the livelood of thousands of Alaskans.
ASCI has assembled the highest caliber, most-experienced team of trainers and training program administrators to make sure that there is not only equipment capability in the region, but also people who know how and when to use it.
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There are many laws and regulations governing spill response. Primarily, though, after the Exxon Valdez accident, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was signed into a law. OPA 90 improved the nation’s preparedness for oil spills by increasing the nation’s ability to prevent and respond to spills and increased penalties enforceable for companies not compliant with the Act. OPA 90 created the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund which provides funds in case of an oil spill. OPA 90 also provides requirements for contingency planning for industry.
Spill prevention is the best policy for preventing oil spill cleanup. ASCI's VTRAC tool is a key prevention component. By avoiding risky situations with planning, risk can be lessened.
An OSRO is an Oil Spill Removal Organization which is regulated by the United States Coast Guard. OSROs are usually identified in SPCC plans as the emergency contact in the occurrence of a spill. The OSRO must meet strict guidelines and maintain spill response equipment as required by the United States Coast Guard. All OSROs contain oil spill containment and recovery equipment which are inspected and regulated by the United States Coast Guard. OSROs are response ready contractors that will supply companies and agencies with equipment necessary to cleanup spills quickly and effectively.
The answer to this question depends on how much oil was spilled, obviously the more that is spilled, the longer it will take to clean up. The type of oil spill that is spilled also effects the time it takes to recover. Light oil is much easier to clean up than heavy oil. Light oil in many cases will evaporate. Oil is much easier to clean up in the middle of the ocean where it is easier to get to as opposed to small lakes and wetlands. Weather also effects the time it takes for the ocean to recover. Examples are waves, cold weather, ice, etc.
Spilled oil can be removed off the surface of the water in a variety of ways. It can be skimmed off the surface with skimmers; it can be burned, absorbed with sorbent pads, dispersed with chemicals or corralled with booms. The most common methods are: containment recovery, absorption (absorbents), dispersion, burning, bioremediation and pressure washing.
ASCI’s prevention and response program includes monitoring the real time locations of vessels including towing and other capable vessels with satellite transponders. The availability of these vessels varies seasonally. ASCI also has contact information on these vessels and information on their capabilities, for example, horsepower and bollard pull. ASCI can provide all of this information to the owner/operator or QI upon request.
Should a response be activated for OSRO needs, ASCI will begin response operations.
The U.S. Congress has enacted key statutes to address oil spill incidents such as OPA 90. Organizations like the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency were organized to help prevent and clean up oil spills. It passes laws to prevent contamination and dumping. It makes companies fix old equipment like patching holes in boats. It sets aside money to train people on how to clean up an oil spill and to develop new equipment. It makes companies responsible for spill the oil pay for clean up.
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