The Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) was established in 2000 to bring the far flung Alaska maritime community together with the common goal of providing information, communications and services that aid safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible maritime operations. MXAK is applying 21st Century technologies of satellite and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to provide valuable safety, navigational and logistics information to the maritime community and to provide a virtual “Safety Net” that also contributes daily to the efficiency of maritime operations.
Guided by a Board of Directors representing the diverse Alaska maritime community, MXAK has helped prevent maritime accidents, assisted responses to maritime casualties and aided the maritime community comply with state and federal regulations. In February 2010, MXAK’s “substantial contribution to the Coast Guard that led to tangible results” was recognized by the 17th Coast Guard District Commander through presentation of the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Commendation. In addition to the assistance MXAK’s vessel tracking system provided to the Coast Guard during several major marine casualties MXAK was recognized for the millions in dollars it saved the marine industry in complying with the new TWIC regulations.
The Executive Director of MXAK is Captain Ed Page; the Chief Technical Officer is Bill Benning.