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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM): Great Lakes Pilotage Modernization

Nov. 21, 2023

The Coast Guard is proposing to amend certain Great Lakes Pilotage regulatory requirements to align with current Coast Guard and U.S. pilot association operations and pilotage practices.  This proposed rule would clarify the different phases of training and types of registrations for pilots who work on the Great Lakes, eliminate outdated practices and redundant requirements, and adds much needed structure regarding the billing dispute process.

The purpose of this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is to update the Great Lakes pilotage regulations in title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 401 and 402 to reflect the current pilotage terms and practices used by the Coast Guard and U.S. pilot association operations.  While the regulations in the current CFR do not conflict with our current practices, they do not fully reflect the current apprentice pilot training requirements and titles for pilot progression.

For more information view the NPRM on the Federal Register under Docket Number USCG-2022-0025, call or email Mr. Vince Berg, Commandant, Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy – Great Lakes Pilotage Division (CG-WWM-2), Coast Guard; telephone 202-906-0835, email

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