The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded Port Windsor Harbour Master Peter Berry a Public Service Commendation in recognition of notable services that have assisted greatly in the furthering of the aims and functions of the Coast Guard. It was presented by Senior Commander Jeff Novak of the U.S. Coast Guard and signed by Rear Admiral J.M. Nunn of the Ninth District Coast Guard District.
The Commendation recognizes Berry’s leadership and coordination of numerous federal, state, provincial, and local agencies in the Detroit River corridor. Since 2010, he has Co-Chaired the Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) as its longest serving member. Anticipating the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Berry has led the establishment of a bi-national Windsor-Detroit Waterways Safety and Navigation Workgroup to mitigate the impacts of any potential navigation closures due to construction issues. Each year, the bi-national Detroit River corridor ensures the safe navigation of more than 6,000 deep draft vessel transits and more than 90 million tonnes of cargo. That makes it one of the busiest shipping lanes in North America.