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Short Title(s) as Introduced

Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act of 2021

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 14, United States Code, to require the Coast Guard to conduct icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes to minimize commercial disruption in the winter months, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
03/03/2021Introduced in House

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03/04/2021Referred to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
03/03/2021Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/03/2021Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Transportation and Infrastructure03/03/2021 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation03/04/2021 Referred to

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Introduced in House (03/03/2021)

Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act of 2021

This bill directs the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes in accordance with specific performance standards.

Specifically, the Coast Guard must

  • keep channels and harbors in the Great Lakes open to navigation not less than 90% of the hours that commercial vessels and ferries attempt to transit ice-covered waterways;
  • in a year in which the Great Lakes are not open to navigation because of ice of a thickness that occurs on average only once every 10 years, keep channels and harbors open to navigation at least 70% of the hours that commercial vessels and ferries attempt to transit ice-covered waterways; and
  • coordinate Great Lakes icebreaking operations with operators of commercial vessels.

The bill also directs the Coast Guard to acquire a Great Lakes icebreaker that is at least as capable as Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in an accelerated timeframe and award the contract on the basis of contractor qualification and price.