USCG to increase Great Lakes pilotage charges by 7%

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The US Coast Guard has announced an adjustment to the Great Lakes pilotage rates for the 2024 season, resulting in a 7% net increase in pilotage costs from 2023. This change, published in the Federal Register, aims to cover rising district operating expenses, an increased pilot count, and expected inflation, pushing total costs from $37.6 million in 2023 to an estimated $40.2 million in 2024. The new rates will introduce hourly charges for pilotage services, varying between $430 to $927 across different service areas. The 2024 season will see a workforce of 58 fully registered pilots and 6 apprentice pilots, with individual pilot compensation rising by 3.8% to $440,658. The American Great Lakes Ports Association has expressed concerns over the high pilotage costs impacting the competitiveness of maritime commerce in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

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