Final rule for 2009 Great Lakes Pilotage Rates published

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced Tuesday publication in the Federal Register of the final rule amending the Great Lakes Pilotage Rates for 2009.

Pilotage rates on the Great Lakes will increase by 10.77 percent when the final rule takes effect Aug. 1. The increase is an effort to align compensation levels between Great Lakes pilots and industry. The rate amendment was made in accordance with regulations relating to the annual review of pilotage rates.

This rule reflects an increase in the American Maritime Officer Union’s benchmark contractual wages and benefits.

The Coast Guard also published a notice requesting public comment on the Coast Guard’s Great Lakes Pilotage Ratemaking Methodology, to better understand how well Great Lakes shippers, Great Lakes pilots and other stakeholders think pilotage rate formulas represent commercial shipping on the Great Lakes, and fairly balance competing considerations.

The final rule and related materials may be viewed online at docket number USCG-2008-1126.

The notice requesting comments on the Coast Guard’s ratemaking methodology may be reviewed online at docket number USCG-2009-0552.

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  1. Noamka says:

    Too bad they missed the congressionally mandated March 1st deadline . . .AGAIN. The season is 1/2 over, the revenue is lost . . . AGAIN, and no one with stars on their collar really seems to care. Come on folks, get it together, pilots on the lakes have been shafted for years because once the Pilotage Office finishes the rate, no one with any weight pushes it through. How about a proposal to make up for all the last revenue over the past twenty years because of USCG ineptitude and indifference to the program? When Jim Oberstar got on your biscuit things happened; for a bit, then we fell right off your radar screen. We lose money, Admirals retire, and no one follows up on the program, and now we are behind the eight ball . . . AGAIN!