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Twenty Five Years Ago Today, Exxon Valdez Grounded in Prince Edward Sound

On March 24, 1989, the 210,000 dwt crude oil tanker Exxon Valdez sailed from Valdez Marine Terminal and entered Alaska’s Prince William Sound. At 12:04 am, the single hulled ship ran aground on Bligh Reef, resulting in the largest oil spill in … Continue reading

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Celebrity Millennium Out for Rest of Season – More Pod Propulsion Problems

Is pod propulsion the best or worse thing to ever happen to cruise ships? Celebrity Cruise Line just cancelled the cruises for the rest of season in Alaska on the Celebrity Millennium due to failures in its pods. It had … Continue reading

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MV Sustina, Alaska’s $78-million ‘Ferry to Nowhere’, Available for Free – Bound to LA?

The Alaskan high-tech ferry MV Susitna cost $78-million to build.  More than just a ferry, it is also an ice-capable amphibious assault vessel for the Navy, which was supposed to have carried commuters from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (or Mat-Su as it is known) across upper Cook Inlet.  Mat-Su’s largest … Continue reading

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Are There Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written ?

A recent article in the Alaska Dispatch celebrated the recent population rebound of bowhead whales off Alaska’s North Slope.  The bowheads had been hunted to near extinction. A whale count in 1978 estimated that only 1,200 bowhead whales remained in the region. … Continue reading

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Shell Drilling Rig Kulluk Refloated

The Shell drilling rig, Kulluck, which broke its towline and was blown aground off Alaska’s Sitkalidak Island on New Year’s Eve, is reported to have been refloated and made ready for a thirty mile tow to the sheltered waters of Kodiak Island’s … Continue reading

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Shell’s Alaska Drilling Rigs – Towlines, Taxes and Engine Failures

The plan was to move Shell’s two drilling rigs from Alaska to Seattle Washington for maintenance and repair.  Shell’s tax bill, however, may have also played a role in the timing of the move. Things have definitely not gone according to plan. … Continue reading

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Murder on Kodiac Island. Alaska

This sounds like the teaser from a thriller or murder mystery. Unfortunately, it is all too real.  Last Thursday, shortly after 7 AM, coworkers found the bodies of US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins and retired Boatswain Mate Chief Rich Belisle, working as a civilian contractor, at … Continue reading

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Nome Fuel Unloaded, USCG Healy and Russian Tanker Renda Must Now Get Out

After spending the better part of a month getting to Nome, Alaska to deliver an emergency supply of fuel to last the winter, the ice-strengthened Russian tanker Renda has finally off-loaded its cargo – 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline … Continue reading

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Update: Waiting for the Dawn – Tanker Renda and USCG Icebreaker Healy Six Miles From Nome

The Russian tanker Renda, carrying 1.3 million gallons of emergency fuel, escorted by the USCG icebreaker Healy are within 6 NM of Nome, Alaska  on Friday morning.  They are waiting for sunrise before advancing closer. Daylight will make moving though the ice safer and will help to … Continue reading

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Update: Tracking the USCG Icebreaker Healy

The internet  is a wonderful thing. I am sitting in my office, which is around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C), drinking a hot cup of coffee, while tracking the painfully slow progress of the USCG Icebreaker Healy as it … Continue reading

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Update: Tanker Renda and USCG Icebreaker Healy Making Slow Progress to Nome

When the sled dog, Balto, arrived with emergency supplies for the icebound town of Nome in 1926, a statue was erected in his honor in New York City’s Central park.  When the Russian ice strengthened tanker Renda, escorted by the USCG’s icebreaker Healy arrive … Continue reading

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Rescue Mission to Nome – Russian Tanker Renda & USCG Icebreaker Healy Battle Ice to Deliver Fuel

The Russian tanker Renda and the USCG icebreaking cutter Healy are on a rescue mission to the Alaskan city of Nome. After a major storm prevented a pre-winter fuel delivery by barge, the Russian tanker Renda was chartered to deliver 1.3 … Continue reading

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Win for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales – Judge Rejects Removal from Endangered List

The beluga whale population in Alaska’s Cook Inlet has been declining since the 1980s.  Hunting by Alaska Natives killed nearly half the remaining 650 whales in only four years between 1994 and 1998. Native hunting of the belugas has since been … Continue reading

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Kivalina, Alaska’s Orange Goo – Eggs, but Whose?

Last week, a bright orange jelly or “goo” floated up on the beaches of Kivalina, a remote Alaskan village of just over 400 residents.   Now scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have determined that the goo is … Continue reading

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Kayaking with Feeding Humpback Whales

Some rather remarkable footage. Posted by Linda Anderson on Facebook. Nearly swallowed by whales Seu browser não suporta iframes.

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Dead Humpback Whale Pinned to Bow of the Sapphire Princess

Last summer,  the Sapphire Princess, a cruise ship operating on the South-West coast of Alaska, arrived in the port of Vancouver with a 70 foot long fin whale impaled on its bulbous bow.   Wednesday, almost exactly a year later, … Continue reading

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