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
First Quarter, 2014
On behalf of the members and associates of USGLSA, best wishes to all for a safe, prosperous and peaceful 2014. While it looks like it will be a cold and icy beginning to the 2014 Navigation Season in a few months, we know everyone will be up to the challenge.
As we begin to look forward to the coming year, I have been reflecting on how USGLSA serves not only its members, but also especially the ship owners and related customers which our member agents serve. Indeed, much of what USGLSA does is to provide information, advocacy and support for the activities of the recipients of the agency service (the principals) in addition to matters directly affecting the agents themselves. But then, isn’t that what agency is all about…looking after your customer’s interests in a professional and useful manner.
USGLSA participates in many areas affecting the principals/customers our agents serve. Lakes pilotage issues, including rate making, and maritime security through representation on U.S. Coast Guard Advisory Committees receive close attention from USGLSA which provides a voice for those that participate in the trade which otherwise might not be heard. In addition, monitoring and advocacy on legislative and regulatory matters such as ballast water, dredging, customs and cargo issues as well as, of course, safety and security, are only a few areas which draw attention and participation from USGLSA. Finally, USGLSA is involved with other organizations which advocate for maritime interests such as through the National Association of Maritime Organizations, the Great Lakes/Seaway Coalition and Green Marine.
Some of this information about USGLSA activities appears in other places on this web site. However, I wanted to present this as a direct reminder (and yes, an advertisement) on behalf of those Lakes agencies which are members of USGLSA. USGLSA is the organization which is providing a valuable benefit of information and most importantly, a voice on issues pertaining to the U.S. Lakes for the principals and other USGLSA agency customers which is really not otherwise provided to the international flag fleet community in as direct and as focused a manner. Those are important values which deserve recognition and support, and which USGLSA agents bring to the table as part of their service.
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.