pants that meeting the challenges facing managers and
Leads were assigned to each focus area and deliverables
operators of Great Lakes science vessels will take more than
listed for 2003-2004.  These include promoting the value of
a once-a-year effort.  To achieve the goals set in the 1997
science vessel work, further improvements to the web site,
action plan, the value and services the fleet provides needs
developing a standards library and creating a recom-
to be made clear to the public.  An advocacy group similar
mended list of training requirements.  The next science
to the University – National Oceanographic Laboratory
vessel coordination workshop will be held on February 3-5,
System, but addressing the special research, training and
2004 at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City,
outreach needs of vessels typically found in the Great Lakes
Michigan.  The workshop will concentrate on activities in
basin, needs to be established.  There is a wide variation in
each focus area, reviewing the status and planning objec-
the utilization of vessels currently operating in the Great
tives for 2004.  The Great Lakes Maritime Academy will be
Lakes and standards for manning and inspection of vessels
an ideal location to meet and to take advantage of a wide
also vary widely.  To address these needs, the workshop
selection of training opportunities.
participants decided to form an organization called the
Great Lakes Association of Science Ships.  The vision of the
organization will emphasize achieving full utilization of all
science vessels in the most effective manner and they will
concentrate efforts on three focus areas:
The Council recommends the following to the IJC:
The International Joint Commission continue its
strong support for annual science vessel coordina-
standards development; and
tion workshops.
marine personnel requirements.