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Sponsored by: Hunt <br /> IICITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2016-077 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO ALASKA <br /> STATUTES CHAPTER 30.30 AND 05.25 IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT <br /> AND PREVENTION OF DERELICT VESSELS <br /> WHEREAS,hundreds of derelict vessels currently litter Alaska's coastline and harbors and <br /> these numbers will increase every year unless action is taken to address aging fleets and changing <br /> commercial fisheries; and <br /> WHEREAS,in the past year alone there have been numerous derelict vessel situations that <br /> have cost the state,municipalities,and the federal government considerable expense,including two <br /> ex-Navy tugs in Adak,abandoned barges in Steamboat Slough near Bethel,and the tug Challenger <br /> that sunk off Juneau; and <br /> WHEREAS,the City of Seward recognizes the widespread costs and the environmental and <br /> navigational risks for both municipalities and the state associated with derelict vessels; and <br /> WHEREAS, neighboring states have dramatically strengthened their derelict vessel <br /> prevention laws in the past five years to better prevent,track and manage derelict vessels,including <br /> raising fees to support state management of derelict vessels and requiring vessel insurance ; and <br /> WHEREAS,in 1990 the Alaska legislature passed a resolution acknowledging the need to <br /> better understand and address the existing and growing problem of derelict vessels around the state; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS,the State of Alaska has outdated statutes regarding derelict vessels which lack <br /> the ability to track vessel owners,agency enforcement authority,statewide coordination of response, <br /> funding or vessel insurance requirements ; and <br /> WHEREAS, in 2013 the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators <br /> supported the creation of the ad-hoc derelict vessel task force which includes representatives from <br /> state and federal agencies as well as the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port <br /> Administrators, regional tribal representatives, federal and state legislative offices, and private <br /> industry ; and <br /> WHEREAS, over nine full-day meetings, the task force developed thoughtful, robust and <br /> meaningful proposed changes that will help all stakeholders around the state, including harbor <br /> facilities, better address and prevent derelict vessels ; and <br /> WHEREAS,this will help protect harbor infrastructure,keep valuable moorage space in our <br /> harbor available,and will prevent unsustainable economic,environmental and navigational hazards; <br /> and <br />