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 Second Quarter, 2014
Another Navigation Season has commenced, but especially as those close to the Lakes/Seaway operations know, not exactly with a flourish. Ice conditions throughout the System, as severe as anything encountered in recent years, are causing a slow and frustrating beginning. U.S. and Canadian ice breaking assets are stretched to the limits as domestic as well as international flag vessels slug their way toward destination ports where in many cases, vital raw materials and other supplies are needed. Over time, conditions will improve and some good news will be enjoyed as water levels are expected to be materially higher.
In looking to what the United States Great Lakes Shipping Association may be focused on this year, I thought it would be informative for readers to have a copy of the comments and observations I made to the Annual Meeting of USGLSA member agents at our Annual Meeting this year which was held in Chicago on March 19, 2014. As much of what USGLSA does, serves not only the member agents, but also their principals and related industry stakeholders, the document pinpoints some of the important issues which, along with inevitable unforeseen events, are expected to be important to our industry and hold our attention in 2014.
I trust you will find the following to be informative about our 2014 objectives and certainly should anyone have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know. Best wishes for a safe and rewarding 2014 Navigation Season.
View the Executive Director's Report.
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.