Leaders of the Great Lakes-Seaway maritime industry will gather today as the Great Lakes-Seaway Coalition holds an important agenda setting meeting for its future activities to improve the environment for Great Lakes-Seaway commerce. The group of industry leaders representing the two federal governments, organized labor, domestic and foreign shipowners, terminal operators, steel makers, other cargo interests and public port authorities will meet in Cleveland's historic Union Club later today to formulate a coalition policy agenda to put forward to policy makers in Washington, DC and Ottawa.
The Great Lakes-Seaway Coalition was founded in July of 2010 and has pressed an ambitious policy agenda since that time. Having had extraordinary success with the original policy agenda, today's meeting is to formulate a new initiatives to undertake.
Since its founding the group counts among its successes efforts to work cooperatively with the Seaway management companies to harmonize the Seaway navigation season with the dates used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Soo Locks and a successful lobbying campaign designed to get New York State policy makers to overturn ill-conceived ballast water regulations that jeopardized maritime commerce.
Participants will have the opportunity to put forward policy initiatives for the group's consideration today under the proviso that Great Lakes-Seaway Coalition operates as a cooperative coalition to advance the union of every member's interests to Great Lakes-Seaway commerce broadly.