Commercial Vessel Compliance

9/10/2015: Great lakes pilotage rates – 2016 annual review and changes to methodology

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The Coast Guard proposes revisions to the annual ratemaking methodology and several Great Lakes pilotage regulations and proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges using that proposed revised methodology.

The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in February 2015 and by law must be reviewed annually. The Coast Guard intends for the proposed revised methodology to be understandable, transparent and encourage investment in pilots, infrastructure and training while helping ensure safe, efficient and reliable service on the Great Lakes.

Comments must be submitted on or before November 9, 2015.

The Coast Guard also announces a public meeting on September 17, 2015, at which the public may ask questions about the proposals and comment on them. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship missions by promoting safe shipping on the Great Lakes.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

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