Great Lakes Captains Association to Host Annual Industry Days Conference 01/13
The Great Lakes Captains Association will host Industry Days 2004 edition on January 22, 23 and 24. Industry Days is held at the Holiday Inn, Traverse City, MI.
This year, the Board of Directors voted a $500.00 scholarship to be awarded to a third-year cadet at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. We will make the presentation at our noon luncheon on Friday. Also at the noon luncheon we have several of our speakers that have been with us since the beginning of Industry Days in the early 1990’s. We will also honor one of our own with a Maritime Achievement Award, to be presented to someone who has made significant contributions to the maritime industry.
To help fund the scholarship, we will be having a silent auction of several items that have been donated for this event. If you have any items you would like to donate for this cause, please bring them to Industry Days, of if you just want to donate to the scholarship fund let us know. Our goal is to provide a larger scholarship, and possibly more than one scholarship could be provided.
As in the past, if you have hats, jackets, etc. you would like to donate for the Casino Night, bring the items with you. Also, we do have a brochure table so you can showcase your business, attraction or products.
The program begins at 1300 hours Thursday, January 22 with Chuck Kakuska discussing licensing issues at 1400. The Coast Guard will be covering a wide range of topics including security, both vessel and facilities, AIS, also the SIP program, tug issues, and onboard drug testing. Coast Guard speakers will be coming from Washington, Cleveland, Sault Ste. Marie, as well as other areas.
There will be an open house at the new Academy facilities, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. This is a great facility. Everything is up and running and we will be able to use the radar and simulators as well as inspect the new engine facilities.
Friday, January 23 will begin with a continental breakfast at 0700. The program begins at 0800 with Angie Bowen speaking on the problems of the invasive species that are destroying fish habitat on the Great Lakes. Bob Dunn is returning and talking about “effective dispute resolution in the Maritime Industry”. I just read an article in the paper about this very subject and I will quote, “mediation works, it is a method that invites solutions not conflict and it is thankfully a growing staple in our legal system.” Also on our morning program are Pete Lauridsen and Rick Brown discussing AIS and security. Roger Gauthier, Great Lakes Commission, will be speaking on water levels. Michigan State Police will have a talk and demonstration with a drug and weapon dog. Lunch with program will be from noon to 1330. At 1330 the Coast Guard Air Station will have a speaker, also a rescue swimmer who has been featured on the Weather Channel “Storm Stories” being involved in actual rescues showing equipment used, etc. Also on the afternoon program will be a lawyer discussing safety and the need for taking reasonable measures to reduce the frequency and likelihood of injury and the taking of reasonable measures once an accident occurs to reduce the likelihood of litigation or to increase the likelihood of a favorable resolution. The Engineering Department at GLMA, Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Cat will be discussing lubricants, batteries, coolants, electrical systems, etc.
Friday night is our vendors' reception and our very popular Casino Night with as usual, great prizes, food and kegs, 1830 to ?
Saturday’s program begins with our Annual drug seminar; also crew training and vessel preparation. A great program on paint will feature Sherwin Williams and the use of latex paint. This is very interesting as we at the Famous Boat Tours in the Soo used latex on one boat to see how it worked, including using it as a nonskid on our decks and stairs, and it outperformed other oil-based paints. They will also be a vendor. Bob Mason will be talking about the new electronics for our pilot houses. Also attitudes and customer relations will be addressed as we want to keep the customers happy. Our program will conclude at noon so everyone can get home at a reasonable time.
Held 22, 23, 24 January, Holiday Inn, Traverse City. For registration and Conference information, please contact Jack Cork at; (906)632-3891, Fax: (906)635-0615, or email@example.com.
Reported by: Charlie Lampman