Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/7/2016: Great Lakes pilotage rates – Annual review and changes to methodology

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The Coast Guard revises its Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology, adjusts annual pilotage rates based on the new methodology, and authorizes a temporary surcharge to hire additional pilots and to pay for necessary training for new and current pilots.

Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in February 2015 and by law must be reviewed annually, with any adjustments to take effect by March 1 of the year for which new rates are established. The Coast Guard intends for the methodology changes to be understandable and transparent, and to encourage investment in pilots, infrastructure and training while helping ensure safe, efficient and reliable service on the Great Lakes.

The final rule is effective April 6, 2016.

View the Federal Register final rule for full details.

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