Alaska Region Recognition
|For the 2nd year in a row, the Arctic Sun has won the Alaska Ship Observation Reporting
championship! The Arctic Sun took an Alaska Record 1,216 weather observations in 2002, which
was an improvement of 39.5% over their winning total from 2001. This vessel is a Liquified Natural Gas
Tanker which makes 18 round trips per year between Nikiski, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan. Pictured left
to right: 2nd Officer Dominico Scano, Captain Pasquale Mattera, 2nd Officer Franco Di Cristo, and 1st
Officer Gioacchino Masiello. They received their award while in port at Nikiski, Alaska on February 28,
|| Pictured left to
right: 3rd Mate Brian Bassett along with Captain Jeff Dyer of the CSX Tacoma received an Outstanding Performance
Award while at the Port of Anchorage on January 14, 2003. The CSX Tacoma is a National VOS Award winning
boat for 2002; they had their best year ever for transmitting ship observations. They took 44% more observations
in 2002 than in 2001, with a total of 638. |
The CSX Anchorage finished 3rd in the Alaska rankings for 2002 with an outstanding total of 977 observations.
This is a 34% increase over 2001. Pictured here is 3rd Mate Fred Koster receiving a Special Alaska Marine
Award on February 4th while in the Port of Anchorage.
||2nd Mate Mike
Vanderhorst of the Westward Venture received a Special Alaska Marine Award for 2002 while in the Port of
Anchorage on February 4, 2003. The Westward Venture had an excellent year with 460 weather observations.
Pictured left to right is Anchorage Port Meteorological Officer Larry Hubble presenting a Special Award
to 3rd Mate Steve Sottak of the Northern Lights while in the Port of Anchorage Alaska on January 7, 2003.
The crew of the Northern Lights took 319 weather observations in 2002, which resulted in a significant increase
over previous years.
||Chief Mate Mark Irish
of the Tug Malolo received a Special Alaska Marine Award while in the Port of Anchorage on February 10, 2003.
The Malolo took 544 observations in Alaska waters in 2002, which was a 12% increase over 2001. |
Ohnemus (on the left) and Chief Mate Steve Illige (on the right) of the Crowley Tug Navigator received a Special
Alaska Marine Award while in the Port of Anchorage on February 24, 2003. The Navigator is one of Alaska's Most
Improved VOS Boats for 2002 and finished the year in 5th place in the Alaska Rankings. They increased their
weather observation count by 510% in 2002 by going from 166 observations in 2001 to 847 observations in 2002.
|| Chief Mate Steve Illige
aboard the Crowley Tug Navigator received an Outstanding Performance Award while in the Port of Anchorage on January
Pictured left to
right is 1st Officer Kirk M. Piper and Tote Cargo Supervisor Dale Westerlin from the Greatland, receiving a Special
Alaska Marine Award for 2002 while in the Port of Anchorage on February 9, 2003. The Greatland had 503 observations
for 2002 and recently was named the Alaska Ship of the Month for January 2003 with 131 observations.