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Sponsored by: Oates <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2009 -129 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, IN SUPPORT OF HOME- PORTING THE ALASKA REGION <br /> RESEARCH VESSEL IN SEWARD AND DESIGNATING THE CITY OF <br /> SEWARD AS TIIE NORTHERN MARITIME RESEARCH CAPITAL OF <br /> ALASKA AND REQUESTING THE STATE OF ALASKA TO ENDORSE <br /> THIS DESIGNATION <br /> WHEREAS, the University of Alaska has announced that it plans to dock the new, 242 -foot. <br /> state -of -the -art Alaska Region Research Vessel in Seward upon completion; and <br /> WHEREAS, Seward is the logical choice for home - porting of the Alaska Region Research <br /> Vessel, as it is strategically positioned in South Central Alaska with the protection of Resurrection <br /> Bay; and <br /> WHEREAS, supplies and equipment can easily reach the vessel, as Seward is on the road <br /> system with access to the railroad, a deep draft, ice free port, freight dock, and a local air port; and <br /> WHEREAS, stationing the ARRV in Seward will contribute to the year -round economy with <br /> ANEW <br /> additional jobs and support services for the vessel; and <br /> WHEREAS, the presence of the ARRV in Seward will provide our students a tangible <br /> example of the importance of math and science career fields, and will provide a valuable conduit for <br /> marine students pursuing marine training programs at the University and the Alaska Vocational <br /> Technical Center; and <br /> WHEREAS, Seward has historically been home port to the M/V Alpha Helix and offers a <br /> cost effective location for the new ARRV operations and maintenance; and <br /> WHEREAS, Seward has long served both geographically and practically as a hub in the field <br /> of northern marine research; and <br /> WHEREAS, Seward's location on Resurrection Bay lends itself to marine research and <br /> education by many groups including the University of Alaska: School of Fisheries and Ocean <br /> Sciences, the Alaska Sea Life Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the <br /> Aluutiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, U.S. Coast Guard, and more; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Seward, the Alaska Sea Life Center, and the University of Alaska <br /> have worked together to strengthen Seward as an active hub for sub - arctic, arctic and northern <br /> marine research; and <br />