The Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team had identified 25 Risk Reduction Options for the local area.
Launched by the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (Cook RCAC), Alaska Department of Environment Conservation and U.S. Coast Guard, the Team discussed these RROs at a public meeting in Anchorage on February 22 and is currently establishing a plan for further evaluation.
The RROs recommended for immediate implementation include:
• Continue to improve crew training, bridge team management, and communications. Encourage the establishment of best practices for crew training standards for vessels operating in ice conditions
• Continue to improve winter ice rules and guidelines
• Establish a Harbor Safety Committee to promote implementation of RROs and support ongoing improvement of safety by the maritime community
• Improve the Subarea Oil and Hazardous Substance Contingency Plan
• Ask the federal government to promulgate final regulations requiring vessel response plans for non-tank vessels
• Seek continuous improvements in spill response equipment that is appropriate for Cook Inlet conditions.
• Maintain project depth in Cook Inlet, especially at Knik Arm Shoal through dredging
• Improve cell coverage where there is none on marine waters in Cook Inlet