Great Lakes Pilotage Costs To Rise 1 Percent For 2020

Individual pilot target compensation will be set at $367,085

The following is text of a news release from the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA):

(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard published its final rule setting hourly rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes for 2020. The final rule largely follows the proposed rule published by the Coast Guard on Oct. 30, 2019. The agency will implement a slight increase in the overall cost of pilotage for 2020 of 1 percent.

Specifically, the new rates are projected to generate $28.26 million to sustain the three U.S. pilot associations on the Great Lakes. This is a $279,845 increase over last year’s revenue goal of $27.98 million. Individual pilot target compensation will be set at $367,085 for 2020.

The overall pilot workforce will be increased from 51 to 52 pilots. New demand coming from Canadian lakers and cruise ships has put pressure on the system to increase pilot numbers to accommodate traffic.

Click here to view the final rule.


Source: Professional Mariner