News & Events

  • 2017 Science Vessel Workshop

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2016-10-27
    Please Save the Date! - The 2017 Great Lakes Science Vessel Coordination Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan.  The program will run from approximately 8 AM to 3 PM.  More details to follow - updates will be posted on 
  • USCG transitioning eight Great Lakes, year-round stations to seasonal posts

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2016-04-26
    Coast Guard transitioning eight Great Lakes, year-round stations to seasonal posts


    Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Ninth Coast Guard District will convert eight of its Great Lakes boat stations to seasonal summertime units. These stations will suspend operations prior to winter and resume in the spring when recreational boaters return. Resources will shift to a nearby “parent” stations, which will also handle any off-season responses.

    These Great Lakes operations currently utilize personnel from 47 multi-mission boat stations positioned throughout all five Great Lakes. The people, platforms and facilities of these 47 units create an interconnected system designed to help meet Coast Guard mission requirements throughout the Great Lakes.

    Seasonal stations are being created in the following communities:

    Muskegon, Michigan (parent station in Grand Haven)

    Ludington, Michigan (parent station in Manistee)

    Harbor Beach, Michigan (parent station in Port Huron)

    Station Frankfort, Michigan (parent station in Manistee)

    Kenosha, Wisconsin (parent station in Milwaukee)

    Two Rivers, Wisconsin (parent station in Sheboygan)

    Ashtabula, Ohio (parent station in Fairport)

    Lorain, Ohio (parent station in Cleveland Harbor)

    The Coast Guard has traditionally operated seasonal units at eight other locations throughout the Great Lakes, as well as other stations throughout the United States with no impact on boating safety or response capability. In these locations the Coast Guard remained a vital part of the community and will continue to meet the public’s search and rescue expectations. The Coast Guard is holding public meetings to inform the local citizenry and to answer questions.  Source: Great Lakes/Seaway Review   April 25, 2016

  • Welcome Erie Monitor and Kingfisher

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2016-01-15
    We are very pleased to welcome Stone Lab's Erie Monitor and University of Minnesota Duluth's Kingfisher to the CanAmGlass database - please check them out!
  • Carboline Marine Paint

    Posted by Carboline under Classifieds on 2016-01-06
    The Marine and Offshore division of Carboline has been recognized as a predominant supplier of high performance, long life coatings exposed to a severe marine environment for a great number of years. Our expertise in providing products and technical service to the marine industry is invaluable to our customers.  Carboline offers a comprehensive line of zinc primers, epoxy anticorrosive, high performance topcoats and antifoulings that will provide service for up to 60 months. Our high temperature coatings, interior primers and finishes, surface tolerant coatings, and highly chemically resistant tank linings shows the range in our ability to provide high quality coatings for virtually any service requirement.

    Carboline's service network can take care of any vessel, from offshore service vessels, tugs and barges, vehicle and personnel transportation vessels and deep sea shipping to provide the same high level of product technology and service that has become the standard in the industrial coatings market.

    Contact me:


    Mike Cosby

    734 658-8715 

  • Please Update Vessel Data

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2015-11-20
    Vessel operators - please take a few minutes to review the vessels listed on our website under the "Ships" tab above or the vessel locator map and let me know if any vessels need to be added or removed.  Your feedback will help us update the database and serves as valuable input for the 2016 edition of Greenwood's Guide to the Great Lakes.  Please send you comments and suggestions to 
  • Please Complete Survey for 2016 Workshop

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2015-11-20
    A survey of science vessel operators and GLASS members was sent out last week requesting input on topics to be presented at the 2016 science vessel coordination workshop being planned for January 14, 2016 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City Michigan.  The link to the survey is copied below for those who may have been overlooked in the e-mail list-server.  Your response by November 25th  would be appreciated.  Survey link:



  • USGS Research Vessel Dedication Ceremony Today - 31 August 2015

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2015-08-31
    There will be a research vessel dedication ceremony today at the USGS vessel base in Cheboygan, Michigan at 1 pm - for more information please see the following link: USGS Press Release
  • Summer Camp aboard Appledore IV

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2015-07-24
    Unforgettable experience voyaging around Lake Huron and Georgian Bay - Windward Bound Voyages - August 1-7 and August 7-12 - for more information visit the website or call Scott Ellis at (989) 895-5193 or e-mail at
  • Nancy K Featured on Great Lakes Echo

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2014-07-16
    The Nancy K is featured in the latest Great Lakes Echo supporting research on plastic in the Great Lakes. See the following link for the full story
    - Click here==> Great Lakes Echo

  • U.S. Brig Niagara at Great Lakes Shipyard

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2013-10-14
    See the Marine Link article at:

    Read about how the U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie, Pennsylvania’s Flagship, was hauled out at Great Lakes Shipyard for routine drydocking and repairs using the Marine Travelift.  

  • New Fleet Status Report

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2013-10-08
    Maritime Today - October 7, 2013 - Sailing for Science - Article by Edward Lundquist - Assessment of the nation's fleet of research vessels.  See:


  • Students Study onboard W.G. Jackson

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2013-10-02
    Read about a unique program on board the GVSU research vessel W.G. Jackson that was made possible by a grant from Alcoa to the Annis Water Research Institute:  GVSU News Release
  • STCW Approved Courses

    Posted by rmarazon under Classifieds on 2012-03-14
    Visit our website to view U.S. Coast Guard Approved STCW course offerings, schedules, and fees as well as overnight accommodations - room and board.
  • Hurry! - Great Deal on a Science Vessel

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2012-02-15
    The RV Barney Devine is currently for auction on the following web site:  under "Boats and Marine Supplies".  The ship served for many years completing important research on Lake Michigan for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  It was replaced by the RV Coregonus in August 2011.  Bidding will close on 2/28/2012.  The listing has a great collection of photos of the ship and its a great deal at the current bid. Please click on the following:  Direct Link to the listing for Barney Devine for all the details.  
  • Job Opening - First Officer

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2012-02-03
    New posting 2/3/2012 - see the following link:  Jobs Page for details - 
  • Coriolis II Featured in Green Marine

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2011-09-01
    This Latest issue of Green Marine Magazine contains a very nice article about the Coriolis II, a member of  and a past participant in the annual science vessel coordination workshop -  For a direct Link to article see the following link: The Great Lakes science vessel fleet is also receiving some publicity by Greenwoods Guide to Great Lakes Shipping which now includes a section on research vessels.  See for information about the guide.  As you know, there is never enough publicity about the good work these vessels carry out on the Great Lakes!
  • Michigan Seeks Boat Captains

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2011-03-15
    Michigan DNR is advertising two full time Assistant Captain positions - one position in Marquette working on Lake Superior and one in Alpena, Michigan working on Lake Huron - see the CanAmGlass Jobs page for more information.
  • 2 New USGS Great Lakes Research Vessels to be Built

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2010-08-25
    On June 25, 2010 the USGS awarded an $8.2 million contract to the Great Lakes Towing Company (Cleveland, Ohio) for the construction of two large research vessels.  This new vessel construction is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and has created jobs for 20 additional employees at the shipyard.  These much needed new research vessels will replace the oldest vessels in the USGS fleet with much more capable and efficient vessels, with lower maintenance costs. One vessel will be home ported at the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station in Sandusky, Ohio  while the other will find a home at the USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, New York. Construction of both vessels should be completed in September 2011.  In addition, Great Lakes Towing will be installing a new anchor system on the deepwater research vessel Kiyi stationed in Ashland, Wisconsin.  For more information see "Vessel Building and Rehab" on the USGS Great Lakes Science Center Website.

  • Electronic Navigation Charts Safety Issue

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2010-03-08
    In February 2010 the International Hydrographic Office (IHO) informed member states of a potentially serious issue with the display of some soundings on ECDIS.  When the user is utilizing either Base or Standard Display in an ECDIS, soundings are normally turned off.  While using these display modes, if there is an isolated sounding that is shoaler than the surrounding depth contours it will not be highlighted in the navigation system. 

     In Full Display mode the isolated sounding is shown and the mariner can see by visual inspection that there are isolated shoals located on the wrong side of the depth contour.  In Standard and Base Display with the safety contour set to 3.6M the isolated shoals are not depicted.  Since the ECDIS does not set off any type of warnings or alarms for these types of soundings in any display mode, it is important that the mariner turn soundings on during route planning and route monitoring to ensure that there are no isolated soundings in the voyage path.   Click Here for more information. 

    In order to rectify this situation, NOAA has begun examining its entire ENC suite for these explicit cases and has issued the following notice to mariner to highlight the issue: NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts – Display of Isolated Shoal Soundings 

    Mariners are advised that ECDIS may not display some isolated shoal depths when operating in “BASE or STANDARD Display” mode.  Route planning and monitoring alarms for these shoal depths may not always be activated.  To ensure safe navigation and to confirm that a planned route is clear of such dangers, mariners should visually inspect the planned route using the ECDIS configured to display “ALL DATA”.  The Mariner should not solely rely on the automated voyage planning check function.  NOAA is in the process of examining its ENC data for these cases and will issue a notice to mariner for each area that has been examined and updated.

    In addition, NOAA will begin by examining and correcting the following ports as its first priority:  1 New York, NY

    2 LA/Long Beach, CA

    3 Valdez, AK

    4 Boston, MA

    5 Philadelphia, PA

    6 Norfolk, VA

    7 Tampa, FL

    8 Baltimore, MD

    9 Portland, ME

    10 Portland, OR

    11 San Francisco/Oakland, CA

    12 Seattle/Tacoma, WA

    13 Honolulu/Pearl Harbor, HI

    14 Anacortes, WA

    15 Miami, FL

    16 Port Everglades, FL

    17 Jacksonville, FL

    18 Paulsboro, NJ

    19 Charleston, SC

    20 Houston, TX

    21 New Orleans, LA

    The rest of the US ENC suite will be examined in the coming months as resources allow.
  • Welcome Air Services of Cleveland

    Posted by burrowsm under Latest News on 2010-01-19
    We welcome a new supplier to our "Shipyards and Suppliers" page... Air Services of Cleveland - Marine Division - please see their brochure at the following link:

    Air Services of Cleveland

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