Winter 2018 Presidents Report

As I sit here today writing the Winter President’s report, a recent phone conversation between MCBA Vice President Bill Winowiecki and myself brings up to mind the topic of Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law going into effect soon. What needs to be pointed out for us in the charter industry is, as licensed captains, hold a federally issued license. As most of you know, this means that the State of Michigan may allow for the use of marijuana by its residents but at the federal level, marijuana is a controlled substance. If one of our members fails the random drug test due to the use of marijuana, his federal captain’s license is in jeopardy. The U.S. Coast Guard will be there to take your captain’s license. To get it back, takes lots of time and money spent with attorneys. First mates employment will be terminated as required by federal maritime law as well. As I said above, I am sure everyone here is aware of the law, but some of our young people working as first mates may not be. It is up to us as captains to make sure they know the law as it stands today.

 

Roger with the Pistis award

Our MCBA Annual Conference and banquet is now in the history book. I want to thank everyone who attended. I am delighted to have our scholarship program enlarged to include Lake Superior State University fisheries program. We are now supporting scholarships to fisheries students from both Michigan State and Lake Superior State. These two universities are the only two with fisheries and aquatic research programs for college students here in Michigan.

In closing, the MCBA Board and I wish all our members and their families the best for the New Year. This last year was a year of big king salmon and limit catches of walleye. Let us hope going into the 2019 season we experience the same or better.
Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA

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Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971

Due to an issue with AV equipment, the passenger vessel workshop will be held at Wayne County Community College - Downtown Campus. The address is listed below. All of the emails I received from RSVP have been notified. Please spread the word widely. We will have a member from CG Sector Detroit at the previous location for those that don't get the word, but don't want anyone to miss out on any of the info being passed. Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is hosting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Workshop at the Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus to provide information to charter vessel owners/operators. Attendees will become familiar with federal and state charter vessel regulations, federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, what to expect when boarded by law enforcement on the water, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentialing processes, legal liability considerations when operating a vessel commercially, how to schedule a Coast Guard Auxiliary voluntary safety exam and how and who to report illegal charter vessel operations. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with federal and state maritime law enforcement, as well as other operators. Our hope is this workshop will reduce the number of illegal charter vessel operations, which place the public at risk, especially when these vessels are operated by untrained/inexperienced mariners or without proper safety equipment.

Download an agenda (click here)

Location: Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus, 801 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Frank Hayden Community Room, Room 236
Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM
Parking: Free in Lot #3