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Address

Lake Carriers' Association
Suite 720, 20325 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

Phone

(440) 333-4444

Fax: (440) 333-9993

Email

info@lcaships.com

Members

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Meet Our Members

The following companies are members of Lake Carriers’ Association. Ships and tug/barge units are listed in order of Gross Registered Tonnage. Carrying Capacity and Capacity Per Foot Of Draft are stated in net tons (2,000 pounds). A (P) following the vessel’s name means it can only transit the Poe Lock when trading to/from Lake Superior.

As a trade association, LCA cannot have any involvement in arranging for the movement of cargo. For a list of Marketing contacts at our members, click here.

American Steamship Company

500 Essjay Rd.
Williamsville, New York 14221
Phone: (716) 635-0222
www.americansteamship.com

David Foster, President
Mark Pietrocarlo, Vice President & Controller
Pierre Pelletreau, Vice President - Engineering
Kevin McMonagle, Vice President – Operations
Karen Alongi, Vice President - Sales
Tom Anderson, Assistant Vice President – Operations and Safety
Alan Mis, Director of Information Services

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
American Century (P) 1,000 105 68,880 3,192
Indiana Harbor (P) 1,000 105 68,757 3,192
Walter J. Mccarthy, Jr. (P) 1,000 105 68,757 3,192
American Integrity (P) 1,000 105 68,320 3,168
Burns Harbor (P) 1,000 105 71,120 3,192
American Spirit (P) 1,000 105 66,080 3,180
St. Clair (P) 770 92 44,308 2,136
Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender (P) 845 78 39,766 1,812
Adam E. Cornelius (P) 680 78 30,621 1,512
American Mariner (P) 730 78 35,583 1,704
H. Lee White (P) 704 78 34,247 1,644
John J. Boland (P) 680 78 32,772 1,584
American Victory 730 75 27,552 1,440
American Valor 767 70 28,560 1,524
American Courage 635 68 26,992 1,284
Buffalo 635 68 26,216 1,284
Sam Laud 635 68 26,216 1,284
Total: 16 self-propelled ships, one tug/barge     764,747 36,324

Andrie Inc.

Photo by Rod Burdick

561 E. Western Ave.
Muskegon, Michigan 49442
Phone: (231) 728-2226
www.andrie.com

Stanley R. Andrie, President and CEO
Michael C. Caliendo, Vice President - Transportation Group
Jeff Musselman, Port Captain
Richard Paris, Director of Engineering

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot of Draft
Samuel De Chaplain / Innovation 536 70 17,600 888
Gary L. Ostrander / Integrity 530 70 17,600 888
Total: 2 tug/barge units     35,200 1,776

Central Marine Logistics, Inc.

445 N. Broad Street
Griffith, Indiana 46319-2223
Phone: (219) 922-2602
www.centralmarinelogistics.com

Tom Wiater, President
Brian Lester, Fleet Engineer
Kyle Larson, Vice President - Operations
Aaron Bensinger, Operations

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Joseph L. Block (P) 728 78 41,664 1,704
Edward L. Ryerson 730 75 30,800 1,524
Wilfred Sykes 678 70 24,080 1,320
Total: 3 self-propelled vessels     96,544 4,548

Grand River Navigation Company, Inc.

1026 Hannah Avenue, Suite D
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: (231) 922-1023
www.grnavigation.com

Richard T. Turman, Sr., Manager of Personnel & Administration
Paul Joaquin, VP US Operations
Aaron Degodny, Chief Commercial Officer
Mike Farrell, Director - Health, Safety & Environmental
Dave Sheldon, Director Sales and Marketing
Rick Turman, Sales and Marketing Manager
Mike Taetsch, HR Manager

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Defiance / Ashtabula 702 78 30,700 1,084
Invincible 94 35 N/A N/A
Victory / James L. Kuber (P) 807 70 28,560 1,524
Olive L. Moore / Lewis J. Kuber 728 70 21,765 1,272
Manistee 620 60 16,994 1,032
Calumet 630 68 22,064 1,212
Manitowoc 630 68 22,064 1,212
Total: 3 tug/barge units, 1 tug, 3 self-propelled ships     164,435 8,488

Great Lakes Fleet

Photo by Gary Clark

212 S. 37th Ave. W, Ste. 200
Duluth, MN 55807-2819
Phone: (218) 723-2420
www.greatlakesfleet.com

Joshua H. Juel, Manager - Supply Chain Services
John Thibodeau, General Manager
Dave Deltano, Fleet Manager
William Kutka, Manager - Sales & Traffic
Robert Young, Traffic Manager
Ken Gerasimos, Port Captain

 

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Edwin H. Gott (P) 1,004 105 69,664 3,204
Edgar B. Speer (P) 1,004 105 69,552 3,204
Presque Isle (P, tug/barge) 1,000 104 58,240 3,096
Roger Blough (P) 858 105 50,305 2,616
John G. Munson (P) 768 72 28,616 1,560
Arthur M. Anderson (P) 767 70 28,336 1,524
Philip R. Clarke (P) 767 70 28,336 1,524
Cason J. Callaway (P) 767 70 28,336 1,524
Great Republic 635 68 27,183 1,296
Total: 8 self-propelled ships and 1 tug/barge     388,568 19,548

Inland Lakes Management, Inc.

Photo by Dan Rowley.

561 E. Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: (231) 728-2226

Stanley R. Andrie, President
Michael C. Caliendo, Vice President

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Alpena 520 67 17,097 1,044

The Interlake Steamship Company

Photo by Rod Burdick

7300 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
Phone: (440) 260-6900
www.interlake-steamship.com

James R. Barker, Chairman of the Board
Paul R. Tregurtha, Vice Chairman of the Board
Mark Barker, President
Robert F. Dorn, Senior Vice President
Brendan P. O’Connor, Vice President - Marketing & Marine Traffic
David Anderson, Director - Fleet Sales and Marine Traffic
Derek J. Zeitler, Supervisor - Marine Traffic
William Carle, Director - Human Resources & Industrial Relations

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Paul R. Tregurtha (P) 1,013 105 69,580 3,216
James R. Barker (P) 1,000 105 67,475 3,168
Mesabi Miner (P) 1,000 105 67,475 3,168
Stuart J. Cort (P) 1,000 105 64,690 3,096
Hon. James L. Oberstar (P) 806 75 35,280 1,752
John Sherwin (P) 806 75 35,280 1,752
Lee A. Tregurtha (P) 826 75 32,884 1,644
Herbert C. Jackson 690 75 27,776 1,416
Kaye E. Barker (P) 767 70 29,008 1,548
Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder 699 70 23,800 1,344
Total: 9 self-propelled ships, 1 tug/barge     453,248 22,104

Lake Michigan Carferry Service Inc.

701 Maritime Drive
P. O. Box 708
Ludington, Michigan 49431
Phone: (231) 845-5555
www.ssbadger.com

Robert Manglitz, President
Donald Clingan, Executive Vice President

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Badger 410 60 N/A N/A

Note: The BADGER is a car and passenger ferry; it does not carry dry-bulk cargo.

Pere Marquette Shipping Company

701 Maritime Drive
P. O. Box 708
Ludington, Michigan 49431
Phone: (231) 845-7846
www.pmship.com

Chuck Leonard, Operations Manager
Mark Mather, Assistant Operations Manager

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 494 58 5,750 636

Port City Marine Services, Inc.

Photo by Lou Gerard

560 Mart St.
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
Phone: (231) 722-6691

Captain Edward C. Wiltse, President
Scott Musselman, Chief Financial Officer
Ed Hogan, Vice President of Operations

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Bradshaw McKee / St. Marys Conquest 487 55 9,520 638
Prentiss Brown / St. Marys Challenger 552 56 12,656 972
Total: 2 tug/barge units     22,176 1,610

Soo Marine Supply, Inc.

Photo by Roger LeLievre.

1031 East Portage Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
Phone: (906) 632-2214
www.soomarinesupply.com

Joseph Thompson, Manager

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Ojibway 60 28 N/A N/A

The Ojibway carriers supplies to vessels.

VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc.

Photo by Roger LeLievre.

909 N. Lincoln Road
Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Phone: (906) 786-1717
www.vtbarge.com

Jack VanEnkevort, President

Vessel Roster

Vessel Length (feet) Beam (feet) Per-Trip Carrying Capacity Capacity Per Foot Of Draft
Joyce Van Enkevort / Great Lakes Trader (P) 845 78 39,766 1,812
Joseph Thompson, Jr. / Joseph Thompson 707 71 23,744 1,344
Total: 2 tug/barge units     63,510 3,156

Careers

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Shipboard Employment Opportunities

Lake Carriers' Association has no role in the hiring of mariners. Our members either hire directly or through union halls.

The U. S.-flag Great Lakes fleet typically has a number of job openings during the shipping season. While many openings are "relief positions" (replacing regular crewmembers going on vacation or emergency leave), there are also permanent positions available in all ratings - entries, the qualified ratings (AB and QMED) and officers. Therefore, the length of employment could be several weeks or longer.

By law, no one may work on a U. S.-flag commercial vessel without a Merchant Mariner's Credential (MMC) and Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) Card. For information on obtaining an MMC, click here. For information on obtaining a TWIC card, click here.

Mariners already possessing a valid MMC and TWIC (they must be renewed every five years), may contact the following individuals and organizations.

Officers

The majority of U. S.-flag Lakers are contracted with American Maritime Officers to supply licensed officers. Individuals possessing an Engine or Deck license should contact Michelle Moffitt or Brian Krus (800-221-9395).

Grand River Navigation Company is contracted with Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP), but hires directly. Contact Rick Turman, Sr. (440-930-2024, ext. 112). The mates on three Great Lakes Fleet vessels are also MMP. MMP's contact is Capt. Thomas Bell (216-776-1667).

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) represents officers on Interlake Steamship vessels. Contact Cheryl Kostreba (216-579-6322).

Unlicensed Personnel

Some companies are contracted with the Seafarers' International Union (SIU) for their unlicensed personnel (810-794-4988).

The following companies are contracted with Steelworkers Local 5000, but hire unlicensed personnel directly.

  • Central Marine Logistics, Inc. – Lori Johnston (219-922-2644)
  • Great Lakes Fleet - Rachel Romich (800-535-2321, ext. 2 or www.keyship.com)
  • The Interlake Steamship Company – (800-327-3855, ext. 1140)

Grand River Navigation Company is contracted with Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP), but hires directly. Contact Bill Penn (440-930-2024, ext. 113).

For employment opportunities with Lake Michigan Carferry and Pere Marquette Shipping Co., contact Aaron Personnaire (231-843-1509).

At Liberty Steamship Company (a subsidiary of American Steamship Company), contact Mary Banks (800-828-7230).

Working in the marine industry is a rewarding career, but as with all professions, it has its unique demands. Great Lakes shipping IS NOT a 9 to 5 job. The ships operate constantly, stopping only long enough to load or discharge cargo. If the ship arrives in port at 0130 (1:30 a.m.), that's when loading or unloading begins. Similarly, if loading/unloading finishes at 2300 (11 p.m.), the vessel is underway minutes later. Crewmembers are aboard ship for weeks on end, with only limited opportunities for going ashore. The pay is competitive and the food is good and plentiful. Meals and rooms are provided free of charge. All members of Lake Carriers' Association are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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Our Organization

Lake Carriers' Association was founded in 1880. As such, it is one of the oldest active trade associations in the country.

LCA promotes the common interests of its members, with special emphasis on legislative and regulatory matters. In all that it does LCA strives to maximize the efficiencies of waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes in a manner that respects the environment and the natural treasure these freshwater seas represent.

LCA does not engage in marketing per se other than general promotional activities that educate legislators, regulators and the general public on the role and importance of Great Lakes shipping. To this end, LCA maintains statistical information about the number of ships in service and tracks shipments of major commodities. The Association publishes an Annual Report that updates readers on the most important issues facing the industry and a Statistical Annual Report that extensively catalogs cargo movement in members' vessels and Canadian and 3rd-flag vessels. News releases discussing major issues and developments are issued as needed.

Membership in LCA is open to owners/operators of Great Lakes-licensed, self-propelled vessels (including tug/barge units that operate as self-propelled vessels) whose principal marine business is the transportation of cargo and whose vessels are subject to inspection by the U. S. Coast Guard under 46 USC 3301 (1), (9), and (10) and which are issued a Certificate of Inspection by the U. S. Coast Guard.

Lake Carriers’ Association is a founding member of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, American Maritime Partnership and Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.  We are also a member of the Seaway Task Force Coalition.