February 27, 2023 | Circular No. 11500

Dear Member,

The U.S. Coast Guard today published their Final Rule in the Federal Register covering the 2023 U.S. Great Lakes Pilotage Tariff. This final rule is effective March 29, 2023.

The Coast Guard has increased 2023 tariff rates by 16%. It is proposing a total workforce of 56 fully registered pilots and 6 apprentice pilots.

Please click here to access our comments jointly submitted in September of 2022, with the American Great Lakes Ports Association, and the United States Great Lakes Shipping Association.  We are reviewing the Final Rule and will provide further analysis as soon as possible.

The Final Rule can be accessed here.

Please direct any questions to the undersigned.


Farah Ahmad
Administrative Coordinator
Shipping Federation of Canada