Friday, February 20, 2009
Alaska - power grab in Arctic waters?
The Alaska Board of Marine Pilots issued a second supplemental notice of proposed changes to the state pilotage regulations. These proposed changes, like the earlier versions, would extend the compulsory pilotage requirement in Arctic waters well outside the three-mile territorial waters of Alaska. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 27. Note: While I do not necessarily oppose the concept of having persons with local knowledge advising on navigation in polar waters, I am greatly concerned that the state of Alaska is trying to legislate outside its territorial jurisdiction. This matter should, in my opinion, be addressed, if at all, only by the federal government. What are your views on this proposal? (2/18/09).