Position Papers

Full Federal Funding for State Maritime Academies

GOAL: Sufficient long term federal funding for State Maritime Academies to support their role in the education of the next generation of licensed mariners.

BACKGROUND: The maritime industry is facing an … Continue reading →

Uniform Regulation of Ballast Water

GOAL: Ballast water regulations that are protective of the environment, maintain efficient waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, and are binationally compatible.

BACKGROUND: Vessel discharges, such as … Continue reading →

Efficient Funding for the Second Poe-Sized Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

GOAL: A resilient Great Lakes navigation system with sufficient and efficient federal funding for the second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

BACKGROUND: The navigational locks at the Soo connect … Continue reading →

Adequate Icebreakers, Efficient System-Wide Winter Navigation and Realistic Performance Measurements

GOAL: Procure a second heavy Great Lakes icebreaker, repower the 140-foot icebreaking tugs, and create realistic icebreaking performance metrics.

BACKGROUND: In 2019, delays and canceled sailings resulted in the loss of … Continue reading →

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

GOAL: Ensure that the Great Lakes navigation system is adequately funded for dredging through the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF).

BACKGROUND: There are 60 federally-maintained deep-draft ports on the Great Lakes … Continue reading →

Short Sea Shipping

GOAL: Encourage short sea shipping by enacting a narrow exemption from the Harbor Maintenance Tax for non-bulk cargoes moved on the Great Lakes.

BACKGROUND: In recent years, transportation planners have been … Continue reading →

Jones Act and Other U.S. Maritime Cabotage Laws

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

BACKGROUND: Section 27 of the … Continue reading →

Great Lakes Shipbuilding and Government Programs to Promote the Industry

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

BACKGROUND: Great Lakes shipyards employ more than 2,700 men and women, and the wages they provide top $125 … Continue reading →