U.S. Coast Guard to assist Eastern U-P Transport Authority ferry service
The U-S Coast Guard and the Eastern U-P Transport Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve ferry service to three northern Michigan islands.
The memorandum commits U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers to assist ferries servicing Drummond, Sugar, and Neebish (NEE-bish) Islands. The three islands are separated from Sault Ste. Marie by the St. Mary’s River.
Daniel Peters is a Lieutenant with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie. He said the memorandum serves to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Eastern U.P. Transport Authority.
“It clarifies what are roles are and it helps to better establish operations in the future from here on out-on both sides.”
Peters said that the document is the first of its kind between the two organizations.
I’m Steve Keene, WCMU News.