Pilotage


It is federal law that all vessels having engaged in international maritime will use a licensed professional pilot upon entering the Great Lakes Seaway System. Pilotage is provided by several private pilotage associations but overseen by governmental offices. Canadian pilots are overseen by the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority and U.S. pilots are overseen by the Great Lakes Pilotage Office under the USCG. Pilotage is generally arranged by the vessel agents. However, you may contact the following agencies regarding pilotage regulations:

Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority

P.O. Box 96
Cornwall, Ontario Canada
K6H 5R9
613-933-2991


Office of Great Lakes Pilotage

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2100 2nd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593
202-267-2856


U.S. Federal Regulations regarding Great Lakes Pilotage are located under 46 CFR Chapter III, Parts 401-499.

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC)

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