News & Policies – Great Lake Maritime Task Force
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The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force is a hub for information and the latest news pertaining to the maritime industry and other related topics. Our goal is to keep the community and our stakeholders informed on current happenings and initiatives that impact shipping on the Great Lakes.

PRESS RELEASES

House Transportation Committee Funds Key Great Lakes Projects

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shore side infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget reconciliation bill, an action that the Great Lake Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) called “great news for the Great Lakes.” The GLMTF described the heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as desperately needed and expects that a portion of the infrastructure funds will go to good use replacing and repairing crumbling Great Lakes search and rescue stations and other USCG facilities that are used to protect Great Lakes ports and waterways.

LETTERS

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force often drafts letters to inform elected officials of our organization’s stance and viewpoints on various issues, and to earn support for our goals. See GLMTF’s most recently published letter below.

Docket No. 20–10, Comments on Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade

July 10, 2020 Federal Maritime Commission800 North Capitol Street, N.WWashington, D.C. 20573 Via email to: secretary@fmc.gov Subject: Docket No. 20–10, Comments on Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade Founded in 1992, Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) promotes domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes. With 76 members, […]

LEGISLATOR AWARDS

2020 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year:

Congressman John Molenaar (R-MI)

2020

Congressman John Molenaar (R-MI)

Thanks to Congressman John Moolenaar’s (R-MI) leadership, the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System and the nation’s economy, a new large navigational lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is under construction. Congressman Moolenaar has actively advocated for the Great Lakes Navigation System and continues to protect the Great Lakes and the mariners that ply the waters. He was instrumental in increasing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for the Great Lakes, securing a substantial share of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the system’s operation and maintenance. Congressman Moolenaar has been a staunch supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), putting the protection of our waters at the top of the list.