Coast Guard participates in Great Lakes Waterways Conference in Cleveland

Great Lakes Coast Guard News
CLEVELAND — Representatives of the Coast Guard throughout the Great Lakes Region participated in the Great Lakes Waterways Conference held in downtown Cleveland, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some of the people who attended include: Ray LaHood, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District; Rich Hancock, director business management of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Dave Knight, ports and navigation specialist, Great Lakes Commission; Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; Andy Maillet, superintendent regional operations of the Central and Arctic Region Canadian Coast Guard; Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Canadian Shipowners Association; David Matsuda, administrator of the Maritime Administration; Jim Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers’ Association; Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Also in attendance were the four Coast Guard Sector commanders in the Great Lakes; Capt. Matthew Sibley, commander of Sector Lake Michiganin Milwaukee; Capt. Joseph McGuiness, commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Capt. Steven Wischmann, commander of Sector Buffalo, N.Y.; Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Sector Detroit.

The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is held annually in Cleveland and is an opportunity for maritime industry representatives and federal agencies in the U.S. and Canada to discuss areas of mutual interest concerning the safety, security and stewardship of the Great Lakes.

Parks delivered remarks as part of a plenary session panel, which kicked off the Great Lakes Waterways Conference. This session included the leaders from the Army Corps of Engineers, Canadian Coast Guard, the Seaway corporations, the maritime administration, and the U.S. and Canadian laker associations.

Parks was also the recipient of an award presented by the superintendent of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, U.S. Maritime Service Rear Adm. Gerard Achenbach. Parks was presented the Admiral Willard j. Smith Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding support of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and in recognition of a career dedicated to the safety of the men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

The award is named after Adm. Willard J. Smith, who was commandant of the Coast Guard from 1966-70. He hailed from Leelanau County, Ohio. After he retired from the Coast Guard, he served as Great Lakes Maritime Academy superintendent and was a member of the Northwestern Michigan College’s Board of Directors.

(clockwise from top left) Rich Hancock, director business management of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District; Dave Knight, ports and navigation specialist, Great Lakes Commission; Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; Andy Maillet, superintendent regional operations of the Central and Arctic Region Canadian Coast Guard; Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Canadian Shipowners Association; David Matsuda, administrator of the Maritime Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation; Jim Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers' Association; Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation/U.S. Department of Transportation gathered together as part of the Great Lakes Waterways Conference held in Cleveland, Feb. 12, 2013. The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is held annually in Cleveland, and is an opportunity for maritime industry representatives and federal agencies in the U.S. and Canada to discuss areas of mutual interest concerning the safety, security and stewardship of the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin.

(clockwise from top left) Rich Hancock, director business management of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District; Dave Knight, ports and navigation specialist, Great Lakes Commission; Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; Andy Maillet, superintendent regional operations of the Central and Arctic Region Canadian Coast Guard; Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Canadian Shipowners Association; David Matsuda, administrator of the Maritime Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation; Jim Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers’ Association; Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation/U.S. Department of Transportation gathered together as part of the Great Lakes Waterways Conference held in Cleveland, Feb. 12, 2013. The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is held annually in Cleveland, and is an opportunity for maritime industry representatives and federal agencies in the U.S. and Canada to discuss areas of mutual interest concerning the safety, security and stewardship of the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin.

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