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07-24-21:  Podcast: North Coast Chronicles - Tales from the Great Lakes with host, Helen Brohl.  On this show, Past Grand President Russ Brohl - Helen's brother - shares his 30 years of experience as a captain on Great Lakes "lakers."  Click Here to listen

Lodge member Paul Gallas featured in Detroit News article

Obituary: Capt. Ron O'Donoughue of Georgian Bay Lodge No. 15

Lodge 12 recognizes 99-year old William Carlson for his heroism during WWII

May-June Grand Lodge Newsletter

Obituary: Rev. William R. Fleming, past rector of Mariners' Church
                  Photos:  Fr. Fleming with Ron LaPlante and Dale Mason in 2016
                               Fr. Fleming with Ron Ingram & Tom McMullen in 2016
05-27-21:  USCG planning to survey all deck officers who hold an unlimited tonnage license

05-10-21:  Obituary: Malcolm "Mac" McAdam - ISMA Pennant No. A-12375
Updated with details for memorial service on August 14, 2021

Obituary: Theron C. Baganz, ISMA Pennant No. A-1503.  Former member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 and resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away on April 16, 2021 at the age of 93. 
He joined Detroit Lodge No. 7 in February of 1975 and resigned in April 2004.   His father, Captain Edward Baganz, was past commodore of the Pittsburgh Steamship (U.S. Steel) fleet and served as president of Detoroit Lodge No. 7 in 1954.   Funeral Home Obituary

photo of Theron, his wife Jeanette and daughter Dina at the 1997 lodge dinner dance at the Edsel Ford House. They are standing alongside a lodge memorial to Commodore Edward Baganz, who had died in December, 1996. Commodore Baganz had been the senior member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 at the time of his death. The 1997 dinner dance was dedicated to the memory of Commodore Baganz.

The Coast Guard has set the 2021 minimum random drug testing rate at 50% of covered crewmembers.  Details

The American Great Lakes Ports Association has proposed a list of Great Lakes navigation infrastructure investment priorities totaling more than $2.9 billion.   Click here for the detailed list

March-April Grand Lodge Newsletter

The US Coast Guard has posted a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the maritime application of the CDC Guidance on face mask use.

Obituary:  Janet Pomeroy, wife of lodge member Dennis Pomeroy.  Passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 after a battle with cancer.  No services are scheduled at this time. 
Dennis & Janet Pomeroy at the 2019 Lodge Dinner Dance

03-18-21:  Detroit Free Press:
                  Seamen kick off shipping season with Blessing of the Fleet at Mariners' Church

Obituary: Cathy Baumgarten, widow of Lodge member Dr. Tom Baumgarten. 
Passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at age 93. 

Cathy & Tom Baumgarten in 2007 photo

03-13-21:  The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force has issued its annual report for 2020.

Lodge Member Pat McKee has brought our attention to a new 13-minute video made in tribute to the SS Aquarama, which carried passengers on the Great Lakes in the 1950s and 1960s. 
        The video can be found here.  

January-February Grand Lodge Newsletter

Mariners' Church announces plans for 2021 Blessing of the Fleet Sunday March 14

U.S. Mariner Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 Survey

01-27-21:  American Maritime Leaders Applaud Biden Administration for Prioritizing Support of the Jones Act in “Buy American” Executive Order  Press Release

Obituary:  Capt. Arthur S. Herrala - ISMA Pennant No. 10764

12-23-20: Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements, Medical Certificates and Course Approvals due to COVID-19

November-December Grand Lodge Newsletter

Obituary: Capt. Earl McKnight of Niagara Lodge No. 20; ISMA Pennant No. 10433

11-15-20: The 21st Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance Ceremony was held virtually from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on November 10.  You can watch it here if you missed it! 

Lodge member John Polacsek is interviewed during episode 5 of "Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," a 6x1 hour television series about 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World.  John Polacsek discusses several shipwrecks on the Great Lakes that are associated with the Underground Railroad.  

Photos from the 2020 Great Lakes Memorial Service at Mariners Church
Lodge members attending the limited service included Mike Nall,  Chris Stevens, Father Jeff Hubbard, Deacon Frank Bateman, and Ray Oset

10-27-20:  Obituary:  Past Lodge President William "Bill" Coppola
Member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 from 1978 to 2004; Pennant No. 10222. 
He served as lodge Sentinel in 1979 and as lodge President in 1988.

September-October Grand Lodge Newsletter

Coast Guard seeks comments to improve inland waterways ATON system.
                  Comments via on-line survey will be accepted until November 1.   

Extension of Mariner Credential Endorsements, Medical Certificates and Course Approvals

Lodge member Malcolm "Mac" McAdam restores anchor discovered 25 feet underground in Detroit's Riverside Park

Senators introduce bipartisan Great Lakes icebreaking bill

USCG:  COVID-19 and the TWIC program

Article: Legacy on the Lakes: Detroit's Floating Zip Code

Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements & Medical Certificates

Merchant Mariner Credential Examination COVID-19 Update

July-August Grand Lodge Newsletter

USCG Regional Examination Center Closure Update

The US Coast Guard has issued a bulletin stating that it is discontinuing its broadcast of differential GPS (DGPS) signals.

May-June Grand Lodge Newsletter

USCG using cell phone technology to locate mariners in distress

The 2021 Grand Lodge Convention has been cancelled. 
                  Read the Grand President's message Here

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its report on the fire aboard the M/V St. Clair on February 16, 2019 during winter lay-up in Toledo.   

March-April Grand Lodge Newsletter

USCG:  Pragmatic easing of TWIC requirements

USCG: Essential Maritime Infrastructure Critical Employees

USCG: Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation under COVID-19

DHS:  Maritime Workers are Essential

03-19-20:  USCG: COVID-19 and Port & Facility Operations

03-17-20:  Obituary (late notification): Harold M. Brown; ISMA Pennant No. 11056.  29-year member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 passed away on January 18, 2020 at the age of 99.  Full Obituary    x  Harold Brown at the 100th Anniversary of Detroit Lodge No. 7 in 1991


USCG Marine Safety Alert: 
Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

January - February Grand Lodge Newsletter

01-21-20:  Updated Convention Information:
                            Off-Site Trips and Activities
                            Updated Convention Schedule
                            Updated Guest & Spouse Convention Schedule

Toledo Lodge No. 9 has introduced a proposal for consideration at the 2020 Grand Lodge Convention.  

Election Results from Annual Meeting of Detroit Lodge No. 7

Chicago Lodge No. 3 has introduced three resolutions for consideration at the 2020 Grand Lodge Convention:    Resolution 1             Resolution 2          Resolution 3

Obituary:  Captain Joseph J. Toreki - ISMA Pennant No. 9554. Captain Toreki, a 67-year member of Cleveland Lodge No. 4, passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 89.  He had a 43-year career with Columbia Transportation / Oglebay Norton where he was captain on several vessels including G.A. Tomlinson, Armco, and Robert C. Norton.  However, the highlight of his career was being selected as Captain for Oglebay's first 1000-foot vessel, Columbia Star, which he proudly commanded from its launching in 1981 until his retirement in 1991. 
Click Here for the Funeral Home obituary.        Sailing History of Joe Toreki (compiled by Russ Plumb)

The membership of Lodge No. 7 today approved a Proposal and a Resolution to be presented at 2020 Grand Lodge Convention.  

November - December Grand Lodge Newsletter

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a notice announcing that it is undertaking a five-year program to end all raster and paper nautical chart production. Comments are due by 1 February 2020.  

Obituary:  Capt. James E. Ray, ISMA Pennant No. 10189. Captain Ray, a 42-year member of Detroit Lodge No. 7, passed on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the age of 93.                           Photo of Jim Ray - Taken September 2012 aboard the J. W. Westcott II
Photo of Jim & Pat Ray - Taken in 1995 at the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Marine Post Office.
Obituary:  Donald L. Fires, ISMA Pennant No. A-11060.  28-year member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 passed away on October 29, 2019 at the age of 91.   Read the obituary here

Detroit News article about Lost Mariners Remembrance Ceremony mentions lodge member Ron LaPlante.

10-02-19:  September - October Grand Lodge Newsletter

Port Huron Lodge No. 2 is conducting a raffle, with several prizes including a trip for 4 aboard a vessel in the Interlake Steamship Fleet. Drawing is January 31, 2020. Click Here for details.

Chicago Sun-Times has published a detailed obituary for Amy Seeley.  Grand President Mark Mather and Past Grand President Bob Schallip were interviewed for the article.   

In preparation for the upcoming Grand Lodge Convention, which will be held January 30 - February 1, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Port Huron, Port Huron Lodge No. 2 has launched the 2020 Grand Lodge Convention website.  The website contains all the information you need to prepare for the convention. 

09-10-19:  Listen to WDET story on the history of Mariners' Church and the progress of its current renovation.  

The Monroe News: Troubled Waters: Federal policies constricting Port of Monroe

Obituary:  Amy G. Seeley, ISMA Pennant No. A-11325.  Member of Chicago Lodge No. 3.  Amy formerly served as NOAA's Port Meteorological Officer in the Port of Chicago.  She was active in the Grand Lodge and often gave presentations on behalf of NOAA at Grand Lodge Conventions. Following complications of a stroke, she passed away on August 17, 2019 at the age of 49.
Chicago Tribune Obituary        Chicago Sun-Times Obituary

08-02-19:  Study Reveals Loss of More Than $1 Billion Due to Inadequate Icebreaking Capabilities on the Great Lakes.  Click Here to read the full report from Lake Carriers' Association. 

Domestic Maritime Industry Creates 123,600+ Jobs, $30 Billion in Economic Growth in Great Lakes States.  Click Here to read full report from American Maritime Partnership. 

In response to the February fire aboard the M/V St. Clair, the USCG has issued a Safety Alert

06-29-19:  Dossin Great Lakes Museum to get event space, riverfront trail in $4.9 million upgrade

Bloomberg News article interviews Paul C. LaMarre III regarding U.S. Customs issues at the Port of Monroe. 

USCG Final Rule:
Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations

05-31-19:  Obituary:  Capt. Joseph M. Surmann - ISMA Pennant No. 12683
Captain Surmann, a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 from 2011-2017, passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 67.  A Detroit native, he was a 1970 graduate of St. Gabriel High School in southwest Detroit.  His sailing career spanned 38 years, the final 12 as Master for American President Lines. He retired as master of the M/V APL Philippines in 2011. 

Obituary: Past Lodge President Capt. Arthur B. Brooks III - ISMA Pennant No. 1191718-year member of Detroit Lodge No. 7.  Passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the age of 80.  Captain Brooks served as president of Detroit Lodge No. 7 in 2011.  

Great Lakes Now Article:  The ups and downs of life as a mail boat captain

05-17-19:  Great Lakes Now Article:  The duties of the mail boat have changed with the evolution of delivery

Obituary:  Capt. John L. LaGesse - ISMA Pennant No. 10142
Past Grand Secretary-Treasurer and member of Toledo Lodge No. 9. 

05-04-19:  Boating Magazine Article:  The Mail Boat Captain of Detroit
An interview with Capt. Sam Buchanan, skipper of the nation's only floating zip code.

Obituary:  Capt. Dominick M. Principe - ISMA Pennant No. 12241

Windsor Harbor Master Peter Barry given Public Service Commendation from US Coast Guard

02-19-19:  A digital version of the 2019 ISMA Convention Booklet can be found HERE

02-07-19:  Our ISMA Navigation, Engineering, & Legislative Committee has issued its annual report for 2018. 

01-21-19:  Convention Resolution received from Grand Traverse Lodge No. 23

Convention Resolution received from Toledo Lodge No. 9

12-18-18:  Obituary: Wilma J. Ingalls - Widow of lodge member Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. and mother of lodge member Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Jr. passed away Monday, December 10,
2018 at age 89.  Wilma was a lifetime member of the lodge’s now inactive Ladies Auxiliary.               
A Memorial Service will be held on Jan. 12, 2019.      Funeral Home Obituary
Wilma Ingalls at the 1969 Lodge 7 Dinner Dance
Wilma Ingalls at the 2013 Blessing of the Fleet

Obituary: Former member Captain Milton Royce "Wally" WaldropISMA Pennant No. 10154.  Passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at age 87.  Captain Waldrop joined Chicago Lodge No. 3 in 1967 and transferred to Detroit Lodge No. 7 in 1990.  He remained a member of Lodge No. 7 until his retirement from Lakes Pilots Association in 2002. 

Obituary: Capt. John C. Hanley - ISMA Pennant No. 11137.  Joined Detroit Lodge No. 7 on January 21, 1992.  Transferred to Port Huron Lodge No. 2 on January 1, 2013.  John was a 1985 graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and was retired from Port City Marine Services, where he last sailed on the tug-barge Prentiss Brown/St. Mary's Conquest. 

Army Corps of Engineers will start construction of new lock at Sault Ste. Marie

U.S. Senate passes long-awaited ballast water legislation

08-22-18:  Safety Alert: Don't Forget About Pilot Gangways and Ladders! – gCaptain

Toledo Blade Article:  National Museum of the Great Lakes marks bicentennial of steam power on Great Lakes

The US Coast Guard issued a safety alert regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies when in the vicinity of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting onboard ships.

06-30-18:   The Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unanimously passed a bi-partisan bill seeking to enhance maritime safety in response to the loss of the US-flag El Faro and its 33 crewmembers on October 1, 2015.    More information at gcaptain

06-13-18:  Lodge member Patrick McKee interviewed for Detroit Free Press article about Muskegon's museum ship USS LST 393.

National Maritime Day Editorial: Our American Mariners – A Commodity Like No Other, by Matt Woodruff, Chairman of American Maritime Partnership. 

04-16-18:  USACE Presentation from Shallow Draft Stakeholder Meeting - Held in Detroit on April 10

03-23-18:  The USCG has issued a Safety Alert recommending that vessel operators inspect their immersion suits for a potential unsafe condition caused by failure of the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit.

The USCG has issued Policy Letter 01-18 which provides detailed guidelines for those mariners who wish to harmonize the expiration dates of their original or renewed Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and Medical Certificate.

02-16-18:  The ISMA convention, held in Toledo earlier this month, was mentioned in a Toledo Blade article

02-06-18:  Detroit Free Press article about Grand President's awards presented to Ryan Gazdecki & Joe Buchanan of the J.W. Westcott Company.   

01-06-18:  Obituary:  John H. Earles, Sr. - ISMA Pennant No. A-11465.  Passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the age of 73.  Mr. Earles had been a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 for the past 21 years, and was Vice-President of KBC Tools in Sterling Heights.  

11-27-17:  Obituary:  Dr. Thomas W. Baumgarten, M.D., ISMA Pennant No. A-10589.  Passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the age of 93.  Dr. Baumgarten had been a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 for nearly 33 years, having joined on Dec. 11, 1984.  He is survived by his wife, Cathy.  Together they attended many lodge events over the years.   
Cathy & Tom Baumgarten in 2007 photo    
Photo of Tom at one of the summer ISMA picnics he & Cathy hosted at their Harsens Island home

Mariners’ Church celebrates 175 years in Detroit

08-11-17:  Obituary:  Shelly Yaroch-Hammarskjold, wife of lodge member Steve Hammarskjold.  Passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the age of 61.  Visitation on Wednesday, August 16, and funeral on Thursday, August 17.  See the Funeral Home Obituary for details.  
Photo of Steve & Shelly at the 2015 Lodge Dinner Dance.   

On The Detroit River, America's Only Floating Post Office Blends Tradition And Technology

07-14-17:  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued the report of its investigation of the May 27, 2016 grounding of the Roger Blough near the Gros Cap Reefs Light in the St. Marys River.  The report can be found here

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Oset has received a new supply of lodge baseball caps.  The hats are $25 each.  If you would like one mailed to you, there is an additional charge of $6.95

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News Video:  Port of Toledo to host 2018 Grand Lodge Convention

Detroit News article: Delivering mail, saving lives aboard the J.W. Westcott

04-20-17:  Air Station Traverse City welcomes first of three Jayhawk Helicopters

Lodge Member Ryan Gazdecki rescues pregnant woman from Detroit River
Fox 2 Video

03-21-17:  Discount for ISMA members now available at Great Lakes ACE Hardware stores

An article in Detroit Historical Society's Telescope magazine describes recovering an anchor from the SS Greater Detroit in November of 2016.  Several ISMA members are mentioned in the article, including Grand President Lee Barnhill, Sam Buchanan, Jim Hogan, Paul Jagenow, John Jamian, Mac McAdam, John Polacsek, and Neil Schultheiss.    Additional photos 

ISMA participates in 2017 Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. On March 1, NELC chairman Scott Skrzypczak joined more than 90 officers and representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, American maritime labor unions and related maritime organizations and associations meeting in Washington DC.   

03-03-17:  Op-Ed:  Our maritime industry is too important to ignore - by Rep. John Garamendi, ranking member of the Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee.

Article about the future of Great Lakes shipping quotes Chicago Lodge No. 3 member Bill Strauss. 
02-06-17:  With video: Alpena television news covers ISMA Convention

Michigan Senator Gary Peters addresses ISMA Grand Lodge Convention in Alpena.  Click Here for Video

Alpena News article covering 2017 ISMA Grand Lodge Convention

Port Huron Lodge No. 2 has introduced a Proposal to be introduced at the Grand Lodge Convention in Alpena on February 3. 

12-18-16:  Detroit Free Press interview of lodge member Sam Buchanan (with video)

10-30-16:  Detroit Lodge No. 7 has made arrangements with Office Depot & Office Max for a discount program available to ISMA lodges and individual members.  The program offers substantial discounts on products and services, including print services.  For additional details, click here.  

Detroit Free Press article about sailing on the Great Lakes included comments by Ken Gerasimos of Twin Ports Lodge No. 12 (Ken was originally a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7) and Frank Frisk of Port Huron Lodge No. 2.

10-13-16:  The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that three MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters will be assigned to the Great Lakes Region beginning in April of 2017.  (At the 2014 ISMA convention, the Grand Lodge called on the USCG to bring the larger, more capable Jayhawk to the Great Lakes.  The proposal from the 2014 Grand Lodge convention can be viewed HERE.)  
Additional newspaper article with pictures

10-10-16:  Lodge secretary Ray Oset has secured a new local vendor for ISMA pennants:  Embroidery and Much More in St. Clair Shores.    Click Here for details.   

09-14-16:  Lodge members Joel Stone & John Polacsek are mentioned in a Detroit News article about a missing Fresnel lens from the old Belle Isle Lighthouse.  

The USCG has issued a safety alert reminding mariners of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on the inflatable life jackets.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its annual summary of marine accidents and the lessons learned from them.  To view the report, click HERE.

08-24-16:  Lodge 20 member Brett Walker is featured in a Windsor Star article about great lakes pilots.    

New York Times article about J. W. Westcott Company mentions lodge 7 members Jim Hogan, Bill Redding, Sam Buchanan, and lodge 20 member Fred Hoffe. 

08-06-16:  Individual ISMA Burgee is now available for purchase (ideal for use on smaller vessels).
Note:  The burgee is a novelty item and not meant to replace the official ISMA Pennant described in section 20 of the ISMA constitution.                                          

Detroit Lodge No. 7 now has window clings and stickers available for purchase.

The USCG has issued a safety alert regarding the routine inspection of life jackets, especially those manufactured by "The Safeguard Corporation".

Atlas Obscura article about the J.W. Westcott Company mentions lodge members Jim Hogan, Bill Redding, Sam Buchanan, and Ryan Gazdecki. 

05-12-16:  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a reminder that the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number programmed into a vessel's VHF radio transmitter should match the MMSI number on record.  (Thanks to Dennis Bryant for bringing this to our attention).

Animation:  Understanding the Importance of the Jones Act

Lexington Institute: Jones Act Critical to U.S. Border Security

Michigan's Governor congratulates Detroit Lodge No. 7 on its 125th Anniversary.  

03-25-16:   The ISMA committee for Membership and Outreach, which was appointed at the 2016 Grand Lodge Convention in Chicago, has started a new ISMA page on Instagram

02-16-16:  Strengthening Border Security: Look No Further Than the Jones Act (OpEd)

Chicago Tribune Article: Lodge member Mark Stevenson recognized for his work with at-risk youth.  (Captain Stevenson, a long-time member and past president of Lodge No. 3, recently joined Lodge No. 7 as well).

Lodge member Larry Stephenson has written an article about the Detroit Boat Club and its long history.  To read the article, Click Here.  

02-10-16:  U.S. Coast Guard approves the use of electronic charts

01-20-16:  The US Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert reminding mariners of the dangers of relying solely upon global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, for navigation and positioning. These systems are subject to natural, accidental, and intentional interference.

12-25-15: Video: Santa pilots J. W. Westcott II to take live lobsters to tug Ken Boothe Sr.

12-18-15:  Congratulations to Capt. Dino Dini and the crew of the M/V Algoway for receiving the USCG Capt. David P. Dobbins Award following the rescue of recreational boaters off Lorain, Ohio last August.   Algoma Central Newsletter         Photos are on the ISMA Facebook Page

12-15-15:  Boat U.S. article: Virtual Navigation is here, like it or not

11-21-15: Our thoughts and prayers are with the Detroit Fire Department and the friends and family of Fireboat Captain Walter R. Szelag, who passed away November 20, 2015 while on duty.  
Memorial Service Information        Funeral Home Notice

11-10-15:  Detroit Free Press article:  In the 40 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald loss, advances in technology have made the Great Lakes safer for ships.    

08-07-15:  Detroit Free Press:  New Great Lakes Icebreaker far from certain

06-21-15:  The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers’ Association, Fednav Ltd. and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. have jointly sponsored a new binational public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.

06-05-15:  With Video: Canadian Coast Guard moves communications from Thunder Bay

05-03-15:  Detroit Free Press:  Crowds Pack St. Anne's Parish during mass mob event 
Lodge 7 Co-Chaplain Fr. Russ Kohler greets parishioners                Fr. Kohler Poses for Photo 

04-23-15:  USCG denies proposed river-barge route from Calumet Harbor to Muskegon

The North Channel from a different prospective by lodge member Larry Stephenson and his wife Carol, was recently published in Grosse Pointe Yacht Club's quarterly publication, The Grosse Pointer.  The article details an overland trip to the North Channel by the Stephenson's with lodge member Jim Ramsey & his wife Marney. 

04-09-15:  National Public Radio: Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

03-09-15:   The US Coast Guard posted a Fact Sheet regarding the recent final rule expanding the carriage and utilization requirements for the automatic identification system (AIS) so as to be consistent with provisions of the SOLAS Convention.  (Brought to our attention by Bryant's Maritime Consulting). 

02-23-15:  The U.S. Coast Guard has compiled a complete list of all their Safety Alerts issued from 1996 through 2014.  

02-07-15:  Capt. Joseph Walters is sworn in as Grand Lodge President.  
           Duluth News-Tribune Article               Video           

01-16-15:  Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Implores Senate Leadership to Support Jones Act

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) takes to senate floor to defend Jones Act (Video)

Coalition of Great Lakes interests - including ISMA - rise to defend the Jones Act

01-06-15:  Lake Carriers Association calls for a 2nd MACKINAW-class icebreaker on the Great Lakes

12-11-14:  Member Fr. Russ Kohler interviewed for Detroit News artcile about Most Holy Trinity Church and its programs to help needy children. 

10-14-14:  Lodge member Bill Redding is interviewed by Michigan Public Radio for a report about the J.W. Westcott Company and its long history serving the Port of Detroit.  Click Here for Audio

Detroit Lodge No. 7 member Jim Anderson and his wife Patti have announced a $25 million gift to Wayne State University's College of Engineering.  Detroit Free Press article

Detroit Free Press article and video featuring lodge member Arlene Earl (aka The Flower Lady).  Lodge members Paul Jagenow and Jack Callahan are also interviewed. 

06-15-14:  President Obama has signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law.  The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force and ISMA have been advocating for the passage of this legislation, which, among other things will recognize the Great Lakes as a single navigation system, giving the system a greater presence.       News Article           Video

03-27-14:  "American maritime industry a strong asset to U.S. economy, national security"
A commentary in the March 25 edition of the Washington Times by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA).  

National Maritime Center to begin issuing automatically post-dated mariner credentials

03-01-14:  The U.S. Coast Guard has presented lodge member Norman Raymond with the Captain David P. Dobbins Award for his role in rescuing two persons from the Detroit River on August 11, 2013.  Click Here for the news article.   

02-16-14:  Lodge member Capt. Luke Clyburn receives the Chairman's Medal from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Program.

08-28-13:  Lodge No. 7 & Great Lakes Maritime Institute work to preserve relics from storm of 1913

08-22-13:  National Transportation Safety Board releases report on fire aboard the Patrice McAllister (formerly known as the tug Cleveland) which occurred on Lake Ontario on March 27, 2012.  Five crewmembers were injured and the Chief Engineer lost his life in this incident.

07-30-13:   Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee cited the critical role of America’s domestic maritime industry in an op-ed at CNBC.com.

04-05-13:  Joseph Cabadas of the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) wrote a Feature article on  Mariners’ Church of Detroit.  The article summarizes Mariners’ history along with member connections to the DAC, including Ivan Ludington, who for many years presented the Captain Lewis Ludington Award at Mariners’ Blessing of the Fleet services.

02-12-13: Study says Great Lakes Shipping is the most carbon friendly, efficient mode of transportation

02-01-13:  The U.S. Coast Guard has posted an 85-page compilation of safety alerts, safety advisories, and lessons learned from 2008-2012. 



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