International Ship Masters’ Association meets, elects new board
The International Ship Masters’ Association 127th Annual Convention was held in Alpena, Michigan February 2-4. In addition to business meetings and updates regarding Great Lakes/Seaway navigational matters, attendees heard speakers from a variety of agencies and organizations. Topics included U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation, current Coast Guard licensing timeframes and procedures, National Weather Service updates, the Marine Technology Program at Alpena Community College, Great Lakes cargo and passenger vessel history, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and possible marine uses for airborne drones. Attendees also viewed a video presentation from Senator Gary Peters.
Elected as Grand President for the ensuing year was Captain Lee Barnhill of Alpena, tug captain for Durocher Marine. Also elected were Grand 1st Vice President Captain Harold Dusseau, Grand 2nd Vice President Captain Mark Mather and Secretary-Treasurer Captain Brian Eickel.
The International Ship Masters’ Association offers annual scholarships to persons preparing for careers as officers aboard U.S. and Canadian vessels. This year’s awards were presented to Donald Hicks, a navigation cadet enrolled at Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre at Georgian College, Owen Sound, Ontario; Derek McMullen, an engineering cadet enrolled at Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, Michigan; and Ian Brammall, a currently employed Canadian mariner who is working toward obtaining an engineering license.