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If you’ve wondered why a 200-foot orange barge has been parked in front of Unalaska’s downtown for the past week, here’s why: It’s the Resolve Ibis, and it’s the centerpiece of an effort to improve the safety of big ships passing throughout the Aleutian Islands. It could be parked there for the next five years.

The orange, boldly lettered barge is the most visible element of a private effort to improve shipping safety along the Great Circle route across the Pacific.

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