Welcome to the USGLSA Website
Welcome to the web site of the United States Great Lakes Shipping Association. I hope you will find this to be a source of information about our organization as well as have it serve as a useful informational tool for our membership and other interested parties.
Comments from the Executive Director
Beginning Fourth Quarter, 2014
Traffic and Tonnage Improvement in 2014
Despite the rugged, heavy ice plagued start to the 2014 Navigation Season, Lakes/Seaway tonnage has continued at a brisk pace throughout the recent months with prospects for a strong finish as the Season ends. Through September, the Seaway system is reported to have handled 24 million metric tons of cargo, an increase of about 5 percent over the same period during 2013. Shipments of U.S. grain were reported to be up about 14.6 percent over the same period in2013. (Marine Delivers 10/1/14)
Ice Conditions Revisited
It is not too long ago that we remember the ice related difficulties of the Spring of 2014. USGLSA continues to speak with U.S. Coast Guard and Pilots about what needs to be done to be more prepared for those circumstances when (not if) they occur again. The matter was a subject of discussion at the July Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC). The goal of our continuing efforts in partnership with the Shipping Federation of Canada is to try to have more definitive and workable contingency plans in place which everyone, including pilots, can follow..
Pilotage Rate Increase Proposed for 2015
As is customary, the USCG Office of Great Lakes Pilotage has published proposed new pilotage rates to be effective August 1, 2015. The increase proposed is 2.5 percent. The Federal Register reference is FR Vol. 79, No.17, beginning at page 52602 (September 4, 2014). Comments are due November 3, 2014. USGLSA plans to file comments as to methodology employed and other matters of justification..
Mr. Theis, who has served as Executive Director since April 2007, is an attorney and businessman with prior associations at Cleveland, Ohio based M. A. Hanna Company and Oglebay Norton Company. At Hanna, he held a variety of legal/operational positions including Corporate Vice President with responsibilities for Hanna's Great Lakes/St Lawrence Seaway and Ocean Marine vessel and dock operations in the U. S. and Canada. While at Oglebay Norton, Mr. Theis served as President of the Company's Great Lakes fleet and dock operations. Mr. Theis is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and serves as a member on two U. S. Coast Guard Advisory Committees, the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee and the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee.