US House passes Coast Guard authorization bill

A 2009 Coast Guard authorization bill passed by the US House has numerous provisions of interest to Alaska. In wake of the Selendang Ayu accident, the bill would direct the Coast Guard to do vessel traffic risk assessments for Cook Inlet and the Aleutian Islands. Those studies would evaluate how much and what kind of vessel traffic those areas have now and are expected to have in the future.

Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC