Coast Guard: Stakeholders’ Views on Issues and Options for Managing the Great Lakes Pilotage Program

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system is the longest inland navigation system in the world. In 2016, the Coast Guard implemented a number of changes, including amending its methodology for setting the rates charged to shippers for using U.S. marine pilotage services in these waters. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review the Coast Guard’s management of the Great Lakes Pilotage Program. This report (1) describes how the Coast Guard obtains stakeholder input on the Great Lakes Pilotage Program, and identifies key stakeholder issues that exist; and (2) discusses alternatives to the current structure and governance of the Great Lakes pilotage system identified by stakeholders, and the reported tradeoffs they may present. GAO reviewed applicable laws, Coast Guard rulemakings from 2016-2019, Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting minutes for 2017 and 2018, and issues identified by stakeholders. GAO also interviewed a range of stakeholders, including shipping industry and pilot representatives, to obtain perspectives on the Coast Guard’s management of the program and any alternative governance options that may exist.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01710756
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-19-493
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 4:47PM