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

Great Lakes Ships Lose a Month Due to Lack of Icebreakers

During this year’s ice season, the U.S.-flag Great Lakes shipping industry lost the equivalent of a month due to delays in ice covered waters. 1.645 million tons of cargo carrying capacity was delayed for 679.5 hours or 28 days due to ice conditions on Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and in Green Bay and a lack of Coast Guard icebreakers to meet the needs of commerce.

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:

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

2021

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

Senator Peters has moved the needle on several extremely important projects in the Great Lakes.  He continues to be instrumental in efficiently funding the construction of a new large navigational lock in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.  Senator Peters understands the economic benefits of Great Lakes shipping and the need to make our ports competitive and reliable even during the winter season.  To that end, he cosponsored the “Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act” which would make icebreaking a higher priority for the U.S. Coast Guard and ensured $350 million was included in the pending House Reconciliation Bill for another heavy Great Lakes icebreaker.  In addition, he has worked tirelessly with the Port of Monroe to resolve import and export issues associated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s interpretation of rules that hampered further port development with containerized cargo.