Great Lakes commercial vessels are operated by highly trained mariners, experts in their area of specialty. Training and licensing is governed by both domestic and international law.
Vessels operating in the Great Lakes system are under the control of captains and senior officers who have studied at maritime colleges, accrued years of on-the-job experience and have been tested and licensed by government authorities.
In the United States, crew licensing is handled by the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to licensing requirements, each company has its own training program to ensure that company-specific standards for navigation expertise are met.