Industry Trade Associations
American Great Lakes Ports Association
The American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) is an organization representing the interests of the 13 public port authorities on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes. Its members are typically subdivisions of state or local governments, or independent public agencies created by state statute.
The purpose of the AGLPA is to exchange information relative to port development, operation, administration, and management; to encourage the development and use of waterborne transportation on the Great Lakes; and to foster both domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes. This is accomplished by promoting beneficial policies at the state and federal level; educating policy makers and the general public by serving as a spokesman for the port community, and collaborating with similar Associations with common interests.
The Chamber of Marine Commerce
The CMC represents over 150 companies that rely on marine transportation to deliver products and materials that serve people all over the world. CMC's advocacy on marine and transportation issues extends to the Canadian and provincial governments, and to U.S. federal and state governments and agencies. CMC also offers a bi-national perspective with a membership base that includes both Canadian and U.S. organizations – the only bi-national organization of its kind.
Canadian Shipowners Association
The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) represents the interests of Canadian-flagged vessel companies. The Association advocates in the development of marine policy, regulations and operational matters for five member companies operating 73 vessels on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Waterway, the Arctic and the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada. The CSA monitors and contributes to Canadian and U.S. government legislative and regulatory actions, initiatives by international marine organizations, and political trends and public policy relating to navigation, shipbuilding, the environment, human resources, and maritime administrative issues. In addition, it conducts strategic communications and public relations campaigns.
Lake Carriers' Association
The Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) represents U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes. The Association's 17 member companies operate 55 U.S.-flag self-propelled vessels ("lakers") and integrated tug/barge units.
In promoting the common interests of its members and their customers, LCA places special importance on legislative and regulatory matters. To facilitate a broad-based understanding of U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes and its role in the nation's economy, LCA compiles statistical information on the volume of cargo movement, both in U.S.-flag lakers and from major Great Lakes ports both in the United States and Canada.
The Shipping Federation of Canada
The Shipping Federation of Canada represents and promotes the interests of the owners, operators and agents of ships involved in Canada's world trade. The Federation's member companies are involved in all sectors of the shipping industry, including dry bulk, liquid bulk, container, and cruise.
The Federation's key activities are to provide advocacy for the ocean shipping industry; offer operational support to its membership; disseminate information to members, governments and the general public; and provide training to members and other industry stakeholders. The Federation's overall objective is to work toward a safe, efficient, competitive, environmentally sustainable, and quality-oriented marine transportation system.
United States Great Lakes Shipping Association
The United States Great Lakes Shipping Association (USGLSA) is a trade association consisting of vessel agents with offices located throughout the U.S. Great Lakes system. USGLSA agent members serve the foreign flag/St. Lawrence Seaway vessels calling at U.S. ports delivering products and materials from all around the world. While not a formal representative of the foreign flag shipping companies in this capacity, USGLSA takes great interest in the issues impacting this vital trade sector and frequently advocates on issues affecting Seaway shipping. USGLSA is a member of the National Association of Maritime Organization and participates with a number of other Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway trade organizations on issues of mutual interest and importance.