BP: Teachers get chance to dip toes in Arctic Ocean; Air cargo, passenger growth at ANC airport
BP Alaska hosted winners of the 2018 BP Teachers of Excellence on a tour Prudhoe Bay on Aug. 2 to view BP operations, camps, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and even dip their toes in the Arctic Ocean.
Participants spent the previous day in the classroom with Alaska Resource Education, or ARE, learning hands-on activities to teach students about Alaska’s resource industries as part of ARE’s “Rock and Roll Around Alaska” teacher course.
Staff from Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium, or APICC, also went on the tour and are in the adjacent photo.
“Ignite Inspire Educate” are three words key to bringing Alaska’s resources out of the ground and into the classroom, ARE says on its website.
Founded in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, ARE is based in Anchorage. With a statewide reach ARE has developed a custom curriculum, a teacher training course, hands-on activities, youth programs and an Alaska Resource Kit so that students and teachers have the basic materials, lessons and information they need for an educated, thoughtful, investigation of Alaska’s resource industries and their contribution to the birth, growth and modernization of Alaska as a state.
ARE’s website says, “A partnership between the Alaska Department of Education and private industry, we provide STEM-focused education programs that take science principles as they relate to natural resources and make them Alaska-specific.”
Its curriculum is a collection of K-8 (adaptable 9-12) science-based lessons on mineral, energy and forestry resources to which the state science standards have been applied. The curriculum is distributed and taught through its course, kit and other programs.
- KAY CASHMAN
Robust air cargo growth at ANC airportTed Stevens Anchorage International Airport recently reported strong air cargo growth for the first half of 2018. Air cargo tonnage is up 5.2 percent, to more than 1.34 million metric tons, for January thru June.
“Anchorage Airport’s strategic location gives air cargo operators the ability to fly fully-loaded aircraft between Asia, the United States, Europe, and Latin America," said Jim Szczesniak, airport manager, in a press release that came from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
"You can fly a fully loaded freighter to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Amsterdam and Frankfurt from Anchorage.”
Special air cargo transfer rights contribute to the strength of the air cargo network. Airlines are allowed to transfer cargo between aircraft just like passengers making a connection at a hub airport.
“We are seeing air cargo customers utilize these special transfer rights to increase the efficiency of their networks and that gives them the ability to open new markets. We are also seeing a lot of growth and interest in using ANC as a connection point between Asia and Latin.”
The growth in air cargo traffic is being replicated in the passenger market.
Anchorage is the world’s fifth busiest air cargo airport and the major gateway for trans-Pacific air cargo. More than 150 wide-body freighter aircraft come through per day.
The airport also hosts operations from major integrators UPS, FedEx and DHL.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska.
The mission of the department: Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.
- KAY CASHMAN
Cindy Roberts releases Code 2018Cindy Roberts released her latest issue of Cracking the Code 2018, which provides an explanation more than 200 terms clarifying topics used in relation to Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope and his administration’s agreement with the Chinese to buy most of the gas.
Jason Martin, general manager of Alaska Business Magazine, updated the 2012 edition’s cover art done by Candy Johnson.
Among other things, the up-dated content has a brief summary of the November 2017 Joint Development Agreement signed in Beijing between the state of Alaska (represented by Walker and Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, President Keith Meyer and China executives for China Petrochemical Corp., or Sinopec, China Investment Corp. and the Bank of China.
For more information, contact Roberts by email at [email protected]
Editor’s note: See related story in this issue, “U.S.-China trade dispute hits oil prices,” which includes China’s recent declaration that it plans to place tariffs on U.S. liquefied natural gas imported into its borders from the U.S.
- KAY CASHMAN
Thompson gets prestigious lifetime achievement awardAves Thompson, executive director of the Alaska Trucking Association and a long-time supporter of the World Trade Center in Anchorage, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Conference on Weights and Measures. Since 1905, the national conference’s primary function has been to develop national standards for weights and measures. Prior to it doing so, there was no uniformity among the various states, counties and cities for testing and approving weighing and measuring devices used in commerce.
Prior to joining Alaska Trucking Association, Thompson was chief and director of the state of Alaska Division of Measurement Standards in Anchorage. The award recognizes his 19 years of service to the national conference in several leadership roles.
He was chairman of the 3,500 member conference in 1998-99 during a time of dramatic change.
He helped usher the national conference into the 21st century through business model changes and outsourcing.
Thompson also represented the national conference at the Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum in Bali, Indonesia and the International Organization of Legal Metrology in Paris.
He has been head of the Alaska Trucking Association since 2006.
To learn more about Alaska Trucking Association visit its website: www.aktrucks.org
- Petroleum News