Become a mariner and work close to home

Published October 2019

Get Ready – Get Qualified – Get Hired!

EC Career PathEdison Chouest Offshore (ECO) has recently taken over marine operations of the Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS) program in Valdez, Alaska. A division of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, SERVS was created to prevent oil spills and provide oil spill response and preparedness capabilities for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and Alaska crude oil shipping companies. Crews with ECO operate oil spill response barges and powerful tugs that ensure tankers transit safely through Prince William Sound. Two tugboats, loaded with oil spill response equipment such as boom, skimmers and smaller work boats, escort every tanker from the Valdez Marine Terminal through the Valdez Narrows and Hinchinbrook Entrance.

As part of the program, ECO has created an Alaska Native hire and development program to create career opportunities for Alaska Natives in Alaska. Whether an entry-level candidate or an experienced mariner, Alaska Natives will each have an individual development plan to work towards higher U.S. Coast Guard licenses and higher pay.

Once hired, training consists of classroom training, followed by initial on-the-job training in the Gulf of Mexico.

Initial ECO training includes:

  • STCW Basic Training
  • Basic Marine Safety Training
  • Environmental Awareness Training
  • Vessel Security Training
  • Marine Rigging Training
  • On-the-job training onboard a vessel while acquiring sea time and working towards advancement

ECO’s state-of-the-art training center is one of the most advanced in the world. Staffed by U.S. Coast Guard- Certified Instructors, the ECO training staff will provide Alaska Native hires with the training and qualifications needed to build a successful career in the maritime industry.

For more information on the ECO program, please contact Brent Lirette at (907) 562-2136 or


  • 18 years or older
  • An Alaska Native wanting a long-term career in the marine industry
  • Merchant Mariner Credential
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • USCG Medical Certificate
  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check

Ahtna’s Shareholder Enrichment staff is available to assist in connecting you with this and other training opportunities: call Starr Knighten at 907-822-3476 (Glennallen) or Tracy Parent at 907-868-8250 (Anchorage) or email