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NOAK48 PADQ 291532

732 AM AKDT THU OCT 29 2015

TO:      Subscribers:
         -Family of Services
         -NOAA Weather Wire Service
         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
         Other NWS partners and NWS employees

FROM:    Aimee Devaris
         Director, Alaska Region

Subject: Termination of Mobile Satellite (MSAT) system
         Effective November 2, 2015

On September 11, 2015, the NWS issued a Public Information
Statement soliciting comments on the proposal for termination
of MSAT. During this 30 day solicitation period no comments
were received. Therefore, effective November 3, 2015 at
0000 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS Alaska Region,
will terminate the use of the MSAT system.

Since 2004, the Alaska Region of the National Weather Service
has operated a MSAT system and its hardware.The purpose of this
system was to increase the number of voluntary marine
observations in Alaska waters from ships, particularly the
commercial fishing fleet.  The system was operated out of
Valdez until August 2011, when it was moved to WSO Kodiak
where it remains today.

In the years since the MSAT was installed, the way that Alaska
Region receives observations from ships has evolved.  We now
get the vast majority of our observations via a special email
address that automatically processes the observations, or via
the national .TurboWin. program.  The number of observations
received via the MSAT is an extremely small percentage of the
overall observations (0.25%) from Alaska ships, and these
observations can be received using other methods such as e-mail,
radio, social media, and direct telephone contact.

The MSAT is a closed system, and only subscribers to this
specific vendor can contact the NWS on the MSAT.  Today,
email is widely available and utilized on ships, so the
MSAT is no longer necessary.

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