Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2014

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52 Proceedings Summer 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Mr. Morris Mickelson checks a food waste chute. Mr. John Webb, ocean ranger, checks an overboard valve. Ocean rangers have reported numerous harbor sheens that, while not attributable to cruise ships, still represent con- cern for Alaskan water quality. DEC will continue to focus ocean ranger efforts toward determining the source of these sheens to assist the appropriate agencies and responsible parties in resolving the conditions. Ocean rangers have also reported wastewater findings related to required documentation. The findings tended toward improper required documentation completion, rather than the absence of the documentation. While improperly kept documentation does not represent an immediate danger to water quality, it can indicate possible systemic problems with a cruise ship's wastewater manage- ment practices and reporting. Additionally, daily reporting indicated that a number of cruise ships had submitted defcient or inaccurate vessel- specifc sampling plans (VSSP). Although the cruise ship program did not fnd that the defciencies or inaccuracies caused effuent quality concerns, they may have been con- tributing factors for wastewater spills in previous years and may contribute to mishaps in the future. The cruise ship program will increase future VSSP verifcation projects to help avoid cruise ship mishaps and to maintain the statisti- cal integrity of sampling data. About the author: Mr. Rob Edwardson retired from the Coast Guard in 2007, as a CWO3 with 20 years of service. He has worked as the manager of the Alaska Capitol, chief of contingency planning for Sector Juneau, and has been the DEC Cruise Ship Program manager for three years. Endnote: 1. Visit the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at http://dec.alaska. gov/water/cruise_ships/Law_and_Regs/index.htm. Bibliography: U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ocean Ranger Program, Cruise Ship Ballot Measure Implementation. Ely. 2007. Juneau: Cape International, March, 2007. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ocean Ranger Access Status Report. CMS. 2008. Juneau: Crowley Marine Services, August 2008. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ocean Ranger 2008 Alaska Season Report. ADEC. 2008. Juneau: Alaska Department of Environmental Conserva- tion, February, 2009. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Ocean Ranger 2009 Alaska Season Report. ADEC. 2009. Juneau: Alaska Department of Environmental Conserva- tion, May, 2010. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. 2010 Season Report: Ocean Ranger. ADEC. 2010. Juneau: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, September, 2013. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. 2011 Season Report: Ocean Ranger. ADEC. 2011. Juneau: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, September, 2013. U.S. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. 2012 Season Report: Ocean Ranger. ADEC. 2012. Juneau: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, September, 2013. conditions. The cruise ship program will continue to foster a team approach with vessel crews and owners/operators. Access issues indicate that some cruise lines may remain reluctant to cooperate with ocean rangers. Although these incidents represent a small fraction of interactions, the cas- cading effect may continue to impact ocean ranger monitor- ing. The cruise ship program will address these issues with continued efforts to improve communications with owners and operators and by reminding operators that ocean ranger monitoring is a legal requirement, not a voluntary activity. Summer2014_22.indd 52 5/13/14 9:46 AM

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