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United Inland Membership Group

The United Inland Membership Group (UIG) is comprised of several different areas of expertise: harbor, river and ocean tugboat industry; passenger ferry systems; and Great Lakes shipping.

Thomas Bell – Vice President – Great Lakes & Gulf Region
tbell@bridgedeck.org

Daniel Twohig – Vice President – Pacific Maritime Region
dtwohig@bridgedeck.org

For more information:

Directory of United Inland Group Halls

United Inland Group Contracted Employers

Pacific Maritime Region (PMR)

The Pacific Maritime Region represents professional mariners employed on passenger ferries and harbor and ocean tugboats working up and down the Pacific Coast.

Two of the largest ferry systems in the United States are crewed by the membership of the UIG’s Pacific Maritime Region: the Washington State Ferry System and the Alaska Marine Highway System. In addition, MM&P members crew San Francisco’s Blue and Gold Fleet, the Whatcom County Ferries (the Lummi Island Group), the Wahkiakum County Ferry System, and Black Ball Transport – to name just a few.

PMR members in the towing industry work with some of the newest equipment on the water. PMR is well-known on San Francisco Bay for its tractor tugs. Other PMR members crew passenger ferries, such as high-speed commuter vessels and excursion boats.

Great Lakes & Gulf Region (GL&G)

MM&P’s Great Lakes & Gulf Region represents men and women working on “Lakers,” tugboats and other specialized vessels on the Great Lakes, in inland waters and in the Gulf of Mexico.

The GL&G, which is based in Cleveland, includes mariners with limited licenses as well as unlicensed personnel.

In addition to Cleveland, the group has an office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where MM&P members crew tugboats in San Juan Harbor for McAllister Towing and Transportation Co.

And when you visit MM&P’s Maritime Institute training facility in Linthicum Heights, Md., you will find members of the Great Lakes & Gulf Region—including the housekeeping staff and dining room personnel­—doing “shore-side duty.”