Coast Guard Finalizes 2023 Great Lakes Pilotage Rates

By GLSR Staff  |  Latest News, Marine Highway
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Final Rule in the Federal Register outlining U.S. Great Lakes pilotage rates for the 2023 shipping season. The agency had first published proposed rates and requested public comment on August 30, 2022. AGLPA submitted joint comments in partnership with the Shipping Federation of Canada and the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association.

The new 2023 pilotage rates seek to generate revenue for each of the three U.S. Great Lakes pilot associations by implementing hourly charges for pilotage services according to geographic area. Pilotage rates are paid by vessel operators serving Great Lakes ports.  The Coast Guard proposes to increase the overall cost of U.S. Great Lakes pilotage in 2023 compared to 2022 by $5.17 million or 16 percent. In 2023, the USCG is proposing a total workforce of 56 fully registered pilots and 6 apprentice pilots. The Coast Guard will be increasing annual individual pilot compensation from $399,266 to a new high of $424,398 – a 16 percent increase. The recent history of pilotage cost increases is detailed below. (year / pilot #s / total est cost / % over prior year) 2014 / 36 / $12,889,868  2015 / 36 / $15,451,455 / +20% over 2014 2016 / 37 / $19,103,678 / +24% over 2015 2017 / 45 / $22,326,381 / +14% over 2016 2018 / 49 / $25,156,442 / +12.7% over 2017 2019 / 51 / $27,988,185 / +11.3% over 2018 2020 / 52 / $28,268,030 / +1% over 2019 2021 / 55 / $30,332,652 / +4% over 2020 2022 / 60 / $32,486,995 / +7% over 20212023 / 62 / $37,659,194 / +16% over 2022 To view a copy of the final rule Federal Register notice, please click here.

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