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Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee to Meet

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Linthicum, Md. on July 1-2, 2002. Items on the agenda include relocation of the Great Lakes Pilotage Staff, the bridgehour study, ratemaking methodology, AIS training, and information exchange.


CG Final Rule for 2009 Lakes Pilotage Rates

The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced 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


ABP Southampton Gets New Marine Services

Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Southampton and VT Halmatic have signed a marine services contract. VT Halmatic will provide a Fleet Contract Hire Scheme to ABP Southampton, one of the UK’s largest and busiest ports. ABP Southampton’s existing pilot, survey and patrol fleet comprising seven vessels will be procured by VT Halmatic and leased back on a fully supported contract for ten years, incorporating a six-vessel replacement programme.


Industry Coalition Supports Government’s Pilotage Reform

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) sent a letter to the Government of Canada, co-signed by fourteen leading industry associations, supporting government changes to Canada’s system of marine pilotage. The coalition of associations – referred to as Canada’s Marine Shipper and Manufacturing Industry Stakeholders – includes: • Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce • Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President, Conseil du Patronat du Québec


Proposed Changes: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates

The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced that the Federal Register has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the Great Lakes pilotage rates for 2009. The proposed new rule is effective August 1, 2009, and would increase the pilotage rates on the Great Lakes by 9.41 percent in an effort to generate sufficient revenue to cover allowable expenses, target pilot compensation and returns on investment


Bill Submitted to Amend Danish Pilotage Act

On December 20, 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority submitted a bill to amend the Danish Pilotage Act and various other acts for consultation. The main purpose of the bill is to make it possible to perform pilotage assignments in Danish waters in a more efficient manner and thus to contribute to protecting safety of navigation and the environment. The bill is intended to create increased competition in the pilotage area and will make it easier for existing and new pilotage service providers


Seaway Corporations Open Waterway to Mandatory AIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) opened the binational waterway’s 45th navigation season. This season marks the beginning of mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) use on commercial vessels entering waterway in North America to employ this technology as a requirement for transit.


U.S. Coast Pilot Published

The Office of Coast Survey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes the Coast Pilot in both paper and electronic formats. Topics in the Coast Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and federal regulations applicable to navigation.


Houston Pilots Propose 3.5% Rate Hike

The port commissioners, sitting as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports, are considering a proposed 3.5% increase in pilotage rates for the Houston Pilots. Interested parties will make oral presentations at a public hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 9 am. The public hearing will be held on the 4th Floor of the Port of Houston Authority Building, 111 East Loop North, Houston, Texas  77029. houstonpilotboard.com


Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored

Construction crew removes contaminated sediment from White Lake. (Photo: EPA)

EPA announces removal of two toxic hotspots on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan from binational list The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.


OP/Ed: CVIDA Good for Environment & Economy

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Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA): good for the environment, good for the economy   I think it safe to say everyone agrees the discharge of ballast water has introduced non-native species to ports and harbors worldwide and more must be done to stop future invasions


Towing Vessel Runs Aground in Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles

An uninspected towing vessel taking on water has run aground in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Ship Channel, early Monday morning.   At 3:45 a.m., the three-man crew aboard the 60-foot towing vessel Mr. Landon intentionally ran the vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they


Spring Restored - Coast Guard Finishes Buoy Operations Early

Courtesy Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 9

 The U.S. Coast Guard completed operation Spring Restore Tuesday, five days ahead of schedule.   Spring Restore involves the re-installment of 1,216 federal navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons.  


Volvo Penta Appoints Midwest Marine Sales Partner

Image: Volvo Penta

Further building its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its commercial marine business in North America, Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan


New Pilot Boat Enters Service in Turkey

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A newly built pilot boat Kara Yusuf, named after the owner’s grandfather, went into service on March 4, 2017 in Turkey. The boat will provide pilot transfer service in the southwest region of the Marmara Sea. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd


Western Great Lakes Icebreaking Completed

The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded its domestic ice breaking operations in support of commercial navigation, known as Operation Taconite, throughout the Western Great Lakes, Tuesday.   As a result of warmer temperatures this winter, ice coverage was less than the multi-year average and had


Shipping Safer with Maritime Pilots

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime pilots are a strong and essential link in the structure that underpins the safety of international shipping.    This was the message delivered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the 70th meeting of the International Maritime


Kelleys Island Ferry at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

 Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a drydocking contract by Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line for the M/V Carlee Emily. Maintenance work includes five-year drydocking, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) inspection and surveys as well as miscellaneous routine repairs.  


APA Chooses MSRC for Pilot Training

Captain Bernard Cayer (Photo: MSRC)

Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) once again chose the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) as its preferred training organization for specialized SEAiq training on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). A total of 16 pilots from Cape Breton Island Pilotage were trained by MSRC's Captain


Nearly Half of Interlake Fleet Fit with Scrubbers

Photo: Interlake Steamship Company

The M/V Mesabi Miner has sailed from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., becoming Interlake Steamship Company’s fourth self-unloading bulk carrier to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubbers.    Interlake became the first U.S


New Dredger Launched for Gippsland Ports

Photo: Damen

The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 ordered by Gippsland Ports of Victoria, Australia, in December 2015 has recently been launched at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China. The vessel, named Tommy Norton, is now alongside the yard’s new quay undergoing final commissioning


Great Lakes Limestone Trade Falls 16.3% in April

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1,630,081 tons in April, a  decrease of 16.3 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reports.  Loadings also trailed the month’s five-year average by 22.4 percent.  


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Climbs in April

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Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments topped the month’s five-year average by nearly 21 percent.  


Spring Cargo Numbers Buoy Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping

The ocean-going vessel Federal Mackinac sails on the St. Lawrence Seaway this autumn. Photo Credit: The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Spring cargo numbers from the St. Lawrence Seaway and U.S. ports are signaling a better year for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping. According to the latest figures from the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo shipments via the Seaway from the start of the shipping season (March 20 through April 30)


Michigan Town Takes Delivery of New DSC Dredge

Photo: DSC Dredge

Harbor town raises money, purchases new dredger after government funding falls short   Leland, Mich., on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of the jewel communities of the state’s Northern Lower Peninsula. Originally developed in the 1800s as a port for the iron mining and lumber






 
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