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Comments from the Executive Director

Fall 2018

Short message for this publication period as while the Navigation Season has been marked by numerous notable developments, many items of interest for our members and stakeholders still await further news and detail.

Some Pilotage matters on which we still await further action and advice include:

• Several litigation related items remain pending for action by USCG and decisions by courts regarding 2016 and 2017 Pilotage rate making matters.

• USCG Lakes Pilotage Office yet to publish the NPRM covering rates for the 2019 Navigation Season which in recent years have come out around this time to be processed for coordination with the beginning of the 2019 Season.

• Appointment of the authorized seventh member of USCG Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC).

Industry Meetings which are planned during this final quarter where USGLSA expects to be represented

• Highway H20 in Toronto

• NAMO (National Association of Maritime Organizations) in Washington, DC

• Grunt Club in Montreal

Other items which have taken place - All good

• Publication by Martin Associates of new and updated Economic Impact Statement covering the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System.

• Positive announcements from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding projected fund allocations to the Great Lakes for dredging and other project maintenance through the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

• Recent legislation passed in U.S. Congress approving maintenance and repair of the Soo Locks and the construction of a second “Poe Sized” 1000 foot lock to handle the largest vessels which sail on the Lakes.

Questions and comments are always welcome.


Stuart H. Theis, Executive Director
United States Great Lakes Shipping Association
Cleveland, Ohio
440/357-9104 (Phone)
440/357-9105 (Fax)
Exec.Director@usglsa.org (e-mail)
www.usglsa.org (web)

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Stuart Theis

Mr. Theis, who has served as Executive Director since April 2007, is an attorney and businessman with prior associations at Cleveland, Ohio based M. A. Hanna Company and Oglebay Norton Company. At Hanna, he held a variety of legal/operational positions including Corporate Vice President with responsibilities for Hanna's Great Lakes/St Lawrence Seaway and Ocean Marine vessel and dock operations in the U. S. and Canada. While at Oglebay Norton, Mr. Theis served as President of the Company's Great Lakes fleet and dock operations. Mr. Theis is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and has served as a member on two U. S. Coast Guard Advisory Committees, the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee and the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee.