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Michigan Marine Safety (MMS)


The Importance of Protecting Submerged Infrastructure

The Marine Ticket - MISS DIG 811 - The_M

The marine ticket was added in 2019 by MISS DIG 811 and is a free service to help protect our submerged infrastructure and those working around it. Michigan is the first freshwater state to offer a marine ticket. Gaining the attention of the industry, the marine ticket was featured in dp-PRO’s June 2020 magazine in the article titled “MISS DIG 811 Marine Tickets.” For more information on the marine ticket contact Pat Goddard at If you are a facility owner with submerged lines, the MISS DIG 811 Member Support Department can assist you in protecting your infrastructure. Member Support can be reached at

MISS DIG 811 is committed to the protection of Michigan’s waterways and the environment by preventing damage to submerged facilities. We strongly encourage those anchoring and performing work on or near the marine floor to place a marine ticket with MISS DIG 811, as owners of submerged facilities are required to respond to all tickets placed via the MISS DIG 811 system. We offer a free in-person 2-hour work and customized toolbox talks. The 2-hour workshop is offers 2-hour of continuing Education credits (CEC).

Description: The MMS 2-hour course was developed to prevent damages to submerged facilities that cross or lie in a body of water. The MMS creates a line of communication between the excavator, locator, and the facility owner/operator. Through this continuous line of communication, the goal is damage protection of facilities, the safety and security of Michigan’s natural environment and its aquatic ecosystems.

The topics include:

  • Why to use the Michigan Marine Safety Ticket Request
  • Placing a Michigan Marine Safety Request
  • Scope of Work for the Michigan Marine Safety Ticket
  • Locating and Marking of Submerged Facilities
  • Caution Zone for Submerged Facilities
  • Collaborative Design Michigan Marine Ticket
  • Safe Great Lake States (S.G.L.S.)


  • Protects submerged facilities.
  • Creates a line of communication between excavator, locator, and facility owner/operator.
  • Stewardship of the environment and the aquatic ecosystems of Michigan

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For more information or to schedule a Live MMS Workshop, please contact Education Specialist Pat Goddard at or 906-553-0033


Facts about our Great Lake State:

  • You are never more than 6 miles away from a body of water
  • You are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake
  • 3,288 miles of shoreline
  • 11,000 inland lakes
  • 40,000 square miles of water surface
  • 80 public harbors
  • 400 private marinas
  • A boater is never more than 30 miles from a harbor