- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 46. Water, Air, Energy, and Environmental Conservation
- Chapter 3. Environmental Conservation
- Section 490. Definitions.
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AS 46.03.490. Definitions.
In AS 46.03.460
- (1) "agent for service of process" means an agent upon whom process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be
served upon the owner or operator may be served;
- (2) "commercial passenger vessel" means a vessel that carries passengers for hire except that "commercial passenger
vessel" does not include a vessel
- (A) authorized to carry fewer than 50 passengers;
- (B) that does not provide overnight accommodations for at least 50 passengers for hire, determined with reference to the
number of lower berths; or
- (C) operated by the United States or a foreign government;
- (3) "discharge" means any release, however caused, from a commercial passenger vessel, and includes any escape, disposal,
spilling, leaking, pumping, emitting, or emptying;
- (4) "federal cruise ship legislation" means secs. 1401 - 1414 of H.R. 5666, as incorporated by reference into P.L.
- (5) "fund" means the commercial passenger vessel environmental compliance fund established under AS 46.03.482
- (6) "graywater" means galley, dishwasher, bath, and laundry waste water;
- (7) "large commercial passenger vessel" means a commercial passenger vessel that provides overnight accommodations for 250
or more passengers for hire, determined with reference to the number of lower berths;
- (8) "marine waters of the state" means all waters within the boundaries of the state together with all of the waters of
the Alexander Archipelago even if not within the boundaries of the state;
- (9) "offloading" means the removal of a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, or nonhazardous solid waste from a
commercial passenger vessel onto or into a controlled storage, processing, or disposal facility or treatment works;
- (10) "other wastewater" means graywater or sewage that is stored in or transferred to a ballast tank or other holding area
on the vessel that may not be customarily used for storing graywater or sewage;
- (11) "passengers for hire" means vessel passengers for whom consideration is contributed as a condition of carriage on the
vessel, whether directly or indirectly flowing to the owner, charterer, operator, agent, or any other person having an
interest in the vessel;
- (12) "sewage" means human body wastes and the wastes from toilets and other receptacles intended to receive or retain human
- (13) "small commercial passenger vessel" means a commercial passenger vessel that provides overnight accommodations for 249
or fewer passengers for hire, determined with reference to the number of lower berths;
- (14) "treated sewage" means sewage that meets all applicable effluent limitation standards and processing requirements of
33 U.S.C. 1251 - 1376 (Federal Water Pollution Control Act), as amended, the federal cruise ship legislation, and
regulations adopted under 33 U.S.C. 1251 - 1376 or under the federal cruise ship legislation;
- (15) "untreated sewage" means sewage that is not treated sewage;
- (16) "vessel" means any form or manner of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, whether or not capable of
- (17) "voyage" means a vessel trip to or from one or more ports of call in the state with the majority of the passengers for
hire completing the entire vessel trip; a vessel trip involving stops at more than one port of call is considered a
single voyage so long as the majority of passengers for hire complete the entire trip;
- (18) "waters of the Alexander Archipelago" means all waters under the sovereignty of the United States within or near
Southeast Alaska, beginning at a point 58 degrees 11 minutes 41 seconds North, 136 degrees 39 minutes 25 seconds West
(near Cape Spencer Light), thence southeasterly along a line three nautical miles seaward of the baseline from which
the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in the Pacific Ocean and the Dixon Entrance, except where this line
intersects geodesics connecting the following five pairs of points: (A) 58 degrees 05 minutes 17 seconds North, 136
degrees 33 minutes 49 seconds West and 58 degrees 11 minutes 41 seconds North, 136 degrees 39 minutes 25 seconds West
(Cross Sound); (B) 56 degrees 09 minutes 40 seconds North, 134 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds West and 55 degrees 49
minutes 15 seconds North, 134 degrees 17 minutes 40 seconds West (Chatham Strait); (C) 55 degrees 49 minutes 15 seconds
North, 134 degrees 17 minutes 40 seconds West and 55 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds North, 133 degrees 54 minutes 15
seconds West (Sumner Strait); (D) 54 degrees 41 minutes 30 seconds North, 132 degrees 01 minutes 00 seconds West and 54
degrees 51 minutes 30 seconds North, 131 degrees 20 minutes 45 seconds West (Clarence Strait); (E) 54 degrees 51
minutes 30 seconds North, 131 degrees 20 minutes 45 seconds West and 54 degrees 46 minutes 15 seconds North, 130
degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds West (Revillagigedo Channel); the portion of each such geodesic situated beyond three
nautical miles from the baseline from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured forms the outer limit of the
waters of the Alexander Archipelago in those five locations.
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