Lake Carriers' Association was founded in 1880. As such, it is one of the oldest active trade associations in the country.
LCA promotes the common interests of its members, with special emphasis on legislative and regulatory matters. In all that it does LCA strives to maximize the efficiencies of waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes in a manner that respects the environment and the natural treasure these freshwater seas represent.
LCA does not engage in marketing per se other than general promotional activities that educate legislators, regulators and the general public on the role and importance of Great Lakes shipping. To this end, LCA maintains statistical information about the number of ships in service and tracks shipments of major commodities. The Association publishes an Annual Report that updates readers on the most important issues facing the industry and a Statistical Annual Report that extensively catalogs cargo movement in members' vessels and Canadian and 3rd-flag vessels. News releases discussing major issues and developments are issued as needed.
Membership in LCA is open to owners/operators of Great Lakes-licensed, self-propelled vessels (including tug/barge units that operate as self-propelled vessels) whose principal marine business is the transportation of cargo and whose vessels are subject to inspection by the U. S. Coast Guard under 46 USC 3301 (1), (9), and (10) and which are issued a Certificate of Inspection by the U. S. Coast Guard.