HJR 39: Relating to the Northern Sea Route.
00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 39 01 Relating to the Northern Sea Route. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS Alaska is strategically located on the Northern Sea Route between trading 04 partners on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; and 05 WHEREAS Alaska has many resources for which there are markets among the nations 06 on the Atlantic Ocean; and 07 WHEREAS studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others predict increases 08 in commercial shipments via the Northern Sea Route through Alaska waters; and 09 WHEREAS, though the technology of Arctic ship design is advanced, the present fleet 10 of Arctic cargo ships has limited capacity to carry Alaska or international cargoes; and 11 WHEREAS Arctic research by the United States has focused on questions of 12 ecological balance and climate change and has directed less effort toward factors that directly 13 affect the cost of Arctic shipping; and 14 WHEREAS Alaskans living along the great rivers of the state and along the Arctic
01 coast will benefit from advances in Arctic technology; 02 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Governor is respectfully 03 requested to direct the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development to 04 aggressively pursue improved relations with Alaska's present trading partners and to seek new 05 markets and trading partners in Russia, other Arctic nations, and Europe; and be it 06 FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Alaska is respectfully requested to 07 consolidate its Arctic research and development programs so that limited funds are applied 08 efficiently with a special emphasis on the technical and economic aspects of waterborne 09 commerce in Arctic waters and along the Northern Sea Route; and be it 10 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor is respectfully requested to direct the 11 Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to continue its cooperation with the 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in improving the competitiveness of Alaska's ports and with 13 the Federal Highway Administration in developing intermodal facilities that bring Alaskan 14 products to tidewater; and be it 15 FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric 16 Administration is respectfully requested to perform a comprehensive review of the accuracy 17 of nautical charts of Alaska's Arctic waters and the approaches to the Northern Sea Route and 18 to accomplish those surveys that are necessary to improve nautical charts to the highest 19 practical standard of accuracy and utility; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Coast Guard is respectfully requested to 21 perform a comprehensive review of aids to navigation that exist in Arctic waters of Alaska 22 and availability of other services that improve the safety of people, ships, and cargoes en 23 route, and to make improvements that will enhance these safety measures to the highest 24 practical standard; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is respectfully 26 requested to perform an investigation of the prospective navigation improvements along the 27 Arctic coast of Alaska and along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, with a view toward the 28 efficient supply of fuel and other supplies to rural Alaska communities located along these 29 waterways. 30 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable D. James Baker, 31 Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of
01 Commerce; Admiral Robert E. Kramek, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Lt. General Arthur 02 Williams, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and 03 the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 04 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.