Comment period extended for Great Lakes 2017 pilotage rate review

The U.S. Coast Guard added an additional 30 days to the comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for “Great Lakes Pilotage Rates – 2017 Annual Review,” published in the Federal Register April 5, in order to allow the public more time to comment. The comment period is now open through Monday, June 5.

The Coast Guard proposes to modify its calculations for hourly pilotage rates on the Great Lakes by accounting for the “weighting factor,” which is a multiplier that can increase the pilotage costs for larger vessels traversing areas in the Great Lakes by a factor of up to 1.45. While the weighting factor has existed for decades, it has never been included in any of the previous ratemaking calculations. The proposed addition to the methodology adjusts hourly rates downwards by an amount equal to the average weighting factor, so that when the weighting factor is applied, the cost to the shippers and the corresponding revenue generated for the pilot associations will adjust to what was originally intended. Until a final rule is produced, the 2016 rates will stay in effect, even if a final rule is not published by the start of the 2017 season

To submit comments, identify them as being for docket number USCG-2016-0268 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments.

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