Position Papers

Construction of a Second U.S. Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker (GLIB) Stationed on the Great Lakes

GOAL: Seek legislation in the 116TH Congress funding construction of a second Great Lakes heavy icebreaker (GLIB).

BACKGROUND: Three of the past five winters have been so severe that the U.S. … Continue reading →

Federal Regulation of Ballast Water

GOAL: Vessel discharge standards that are both protective of the environment and maintain efficient waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

BACKGROUND: Vessel discharges, such as ballast water, … Continue reading →

Construction of a Second Poe-Sized Lock at Sault St. Marie, Michigan

GOAL: Provide resiliency to the Great Lakes Navigation System with sufficient and efficient federal funding for the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, reauthorized in America’s Water Infrastructure … Continue reading →

Adequate Funding for Dredging Great Lakes Deep-Draft Ports and Waterways

GOAL: Ensure that the Lakes receive their fair share of the increased funding for dredging mandated by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.

BACKGROUND: Decades of inadequate … Continue reading →

Promotion of New Short Sea Shipping Trades on the Great Lakes and Seaway

GOAL: Enact a narrow exemption from the Harbor Maintenance Tax for non-bulk cargos moved on the Great Lakes.

BACKGROUND: In recent years, transportation planners have been struggling to identify ways to … Continue reading →

The Jones Act and Other U.S. Maritime Cabotage Laws

GOAL: Strict adherence to all existing maritime cabotage laws, as they play a crucial role in America’s national, homeland and economic security.

BACKGROUND: Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920, … Continue reading →

Great Lakes Shipbuilding and Government Programs to Promote the Industry

GOAL: Support programs to increase commercial shipbuilding and repair at Great Lakes yards.

BACKGROUND: Shipyards with large-scale capability are in Sturgeon Bay, Marinette and Superior, Wisconsin; Toledo, Ohio; and Erie, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading →

Long-Term Funding for Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

GOAL: Seek long-term Federal funding for the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) co-chaired by the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota Duluth. GLMRI is a designated National … Continue reading →