United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) settled in for a weekend visit to Put-in-Bay on Saturday evening, 8 July 2017. Affectionately called “Mighty Mac,” the vessel is the largest Coast Guard icebreaker on the Great Lakes. According to reporter Nathan Comar, of Michigan History Upper Great Lakes (MHUGL), “At a length of 240 feet, the Mackinaw can cut through 42 inches of solid ice and over 12 feet of brash ice. The Cutter serves many purposes, including buoy tending, domestic ice breaking, law enforcement, environmental response, aids to navigation, and search and rescue.”
USCGC MORRO BAY (WTGB-106) is a 140 foot Bay-class ice-breaking tug homeported in Cleveland, Ohio. Unit missions include ice-breaking, Homeland Security patrols, lighthouse projects, law enforcement, and public affairs. The Morro Bay serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system and has earned the nickname of, “Jack of all trades.” The Morro Bay made a timely appearance for Pyrate Fest IX on Saturday, 24 June, and departed just before noon on Sunday.
Due to a greater-than-average volume of applications for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC):
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is exercising its authority under Title 46, United States Code, Section 7507, and is granting an extension of national endorsements for any mariner whose MMC expires on or after December 1, 2016. This extension is effective immediately and will be valid until September 30, 2017. Mariners, employers, and owner/operators are encouraged to print a copy of the letter explaining the extension. All mariners sailing exclusively under the authority of their national endorsement on inland or coastwise voyages are advised to carry a copy of this letter with their expired credentials and produce it upon the request of USCG personnel or other officials. Expiration dates of new MMCs will be 5 years from the date of expiration of the previous MMC, in accordance with current policy. The extension of validity of expired credentials provides the opportunity for a mariner to work under the authority of that credential during this period, so there is no loss of MMC validity associated with this decision.
12/23/2016 — Kirsten R. Martin, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer
For more information, please visit the National Maritime Center.