“I think having a close working relationship is one
of the most important things for us,” said Lt. Justin
Westmiller, a spokesman for Sector Detroit.
Shiprider and other cooperation efforts between the
two countries increase maritime domain awareness.
“Having that partnership is such a great tool for us,”
In the past, the RCMP and Coast Guard Marine Security Enforcement Teams have worked together to
thwart potential threats in the Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence Seaway region. One of the critical points of
having a close working relationship with Canada is being
able to advance trade that flows through the lakes and,
specifically, the Detroit River, said Petty Officer Gabriel
Settel, Sector Detroit communications chief.
“For the commercial mariner, it’s very important to
have a good partnership between the two countries,”
The Detroit River is considered one of the busiest in
the country. With an annual movement of 4,000 commercial vessels, 70 million tons of cargo flows through
the Detroit-area maritime transportation system.
U.S. COAST GUARD
Boat crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police conduct joint small-boat training
along the Detroit River Dec. 10.
With that much vessel traffic, ships could be forced
to make a number of stops for searches each time they
potentially crossed the border if the countries did not
have a working relationship. ■