Speaking for the Great Lakes Shipping Community
Founded in 1992, Great Lakes Maritime Task Force promotes domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes. With 87 members, it is the largest coalition to ever speak for the Great Lakes shipping community and draws its membership from both labor and management representing U.S.-flag vessel operators, shipboard and longshore unions, port authorities, cargo shippers, terminal operators, shipyards, and other Great Lakes interests.
Ending the dredging crisis is GLMTF’s top priority. Decades of inadequate funding for dredging have left the Great Lakes Navigation System clogged with more than 18 million cubic yards of sediment, this despite the fact the Federal government taxes cargo to pay for dredging. GLMTF’s goal is requiring the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spend what it takes in each year for dredging on dredging rather than amass a surplus that is used to mask the size of the Federal deficit.
GLMTF’s other goals include construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; adequate icebreaking resources; protecting the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws; maximizing the Lakes overseas trade via the St. Lawrence Seaway; and opposing exports and/or increased diversions of Great Lakes water.