The Great Lakes Pilotage Program is a very specialized and unique program that manages the processes and procedures for the United States registered pilots on the Great Lakes. The program ensures that qualified, trained, and experienced pilots are employed to meet the pilotage demands at a cost that facilitates the safe and efficient waterborne foreign trade in and out of the Great Lakes.
These reviews are conducted by an independent auditor under contract to the USCG and are for the purposes of producing an annual rate.
These reviews are conducted by an independent auditor under contract to the USCG and are for the purposes of reviewing the effectiveness of the ratemaking methodology and billing scheme.
Pilot Association Combined Expenses and Revenue Reports
These reports are provided by the pilot associations for the purposes of tracking annual surcharges authorized by USCG. This data is also reviewed independently during the annual reviews of the pilot association financials by USCG.
The 2019 rate surcharge went into effect June 10, 2019.
The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee was established under the authority of 46 U.S.C. 9307, and advises the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard on Great Lakes pilot registration, operating requirements, training policies, and pilotage rates and other matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage.
Next meeting re-scheduled: September 12, 2019
More information on the advisory committee is available through the public Federal Advisory Committee Database. Users can use the search function to locate current or historical meeting records under the committee number 9488.
46 U.S.C. Chapter 93 - Great Lakes Pilotage
46 CFR 401 - 404 Great Lakes Pilotage
To reach the Great Lakes Pilotage Division by e-mail, please email GreatLakesPilotage@uscg.mil.
To reach the Great Lakes Pilotage Division by mail, please send correspondence to this address:
ATTN: GREAT LAKES PILOTAGE
US COAST GUARD STOP 7509
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7509
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Last Modified: 6/8/2017