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Pacific Pilotage Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1270)

Regulations are current to 2020-10-05 and last amended on 2014-11-05. Previous Versions

Pilot Boarding Stations

 There shall be a pilot boarding station

  • (a) at Fairway Buoy, off Brotchie Ledge near Victoria;

  • (b) off Cape Beale, at the entrance to Trevor Channel in Barkley Sound;

  • (c) off Triple Island, near Prince Rupert;

  • (d) off Pine Island, near Port Hardy;

  • (e) off Sand Heads, at the mouth of the Fraser River, for Area 1 pilot transfers; and

  • (f) at any point or place in the region that the Authority considers necessary to ensure a safe and efficient pilotage service.

  • SOR/2003-224, s. 3
  • SOR/2009-329, s. 6

Notice to Obtain Pilots

 The master, owner or agent of a ship that is subject to compulsory pilotage and requires the services of a licensed pilot shall

  • (a) with respect to the pilot boarding station referred to in paragraph 11(a),

    • (i) provide notice to the Authority of the estimated time of the ship’s arrival, Coordinated Universal Time, at least 12 hours before arrival, and

    • (ii) confirm or correct the estimated time of the ship’s arrival four hours prior to arrival; and

  • (b) with respect to any of the pilot boarding stations referred to in paragraphs 11(b) to (f),

    • (i) provide notice to the Authority of the estimated time of the ship’s arrival, Coordinated Universal Time, at least 48 hours before arrival, and

    • (ii) confirm or correct the estimated time of the ship’s arrival at least 12 hours prior to arrival.

  • SOR/2003-224, s. 3
  • SOR/2009-329, s. 7(F)

Required Information in Notice

 The notice referred to in section 12 shall include

  • (a) the pilotage service to be performed;

  • (b) the name, nationality, length, breadth, deepest draft and gross tons of the ship; and

  • (c) any other information about the ship that affects its speed, manoeuvrability or the safety of navigation.

  • SOR/2003-224, s. 3
  • SOR/2009-329, s. 8

 [Repealed, SOR/2014-240, s. 3]

Notification of Pilotage Certificate Holders or Waivers

  •  (1) If a person in charge of the deck watch of a ship is a holder of a pilotage certificate, the master, owner or agent of that ship shall, 48 hours before entering a compulsory pilotage area, notify the Authority of the intended voyage of the ship and the name of the holder and the number of their certificate.

  • (2) If a waiver of compulsory pilotage has been granted in respect of a ship, the master, owner or agent of that ship shall, 48 hours before entering a compulsory pilotage area, notify the Authority of the intended voyage of the ship and the names of all persons in charge of the deck watch.

  • SOR/2003-224, s. 3

Minimum Number of Licensed Pilots or Holders of Pilotage Certificates on Board

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minimum number of licenced pilots or holders of pilotage certificates that shall be on board a ship at any time is one, except that two pilots shall be on board

    • (a) for any voyage during which the ship would require the services of a pilot on bridge watch for a period exceeding eight consecutive hours;

    • (b) for any voyage during which the ship would require the services of a pilot on bridge watch for a distance exceeding 105 consecutive nautical miles;

    • (c) where the ship cannot be safely navigated by only one pilot on bridge watch; or

    • (d) where the ship has requested two pilots.

  • (2) A licensed pilot or holder of a pilotage certificate who has conduct of a towed ship may be on board the tug by which it is towed.

  • SOR/83-23, s. 2
  • SOR/85-256, s. 2
  • SOR/90-292, s. 1

Licences

  •  (1) The classes of licences that may be issued by the Authority are Class I and Class II licences.

  • (2) A licence issued by the Authority shall have an endorsement on it that states what class of licence it is as well as the compulsory pilotage areas in which the holder may pilot.

  • (3) The holder of a Class II licence is entitled to receive a Class I licence after having served satisfactorily as the holder of a Class II licence for a period of one year.

  • (4) An apprentice pilot who meets the qualifications for a licence, shall be issued a Class II licence.

  • SOR/2009-329, s. 9

Pilotage Certificates

 A pilotage certificate issued by the Authority shall have an endorsement thereon stating

  • (a) the size and type of ship that the holder of the certificate may pilot, and

  • (b) the compulsory pilotage areas in which or the specific routes within a compulsory pilotage area on which the holder may pilot,

and may have an endorsement thereon setting out any requirements or restrictions applicable to the holder.

Applications for Licences and Pilotage Certificates

 An applicant for a licence or pilotage certificate shall

  • (a) provide the Authority with such evidence, information and references as will satisfy the Authority that he meets all the qualifications prescribed by the Act, the General Pilotage Regulations and these Regulations of an applicant for and the holder of the licence or pilotage certificate for which he is applying; and

  • (b) pay a fee of $50 to the Authority for the issue of the licence or pilotage certificate.

Further Training

 The holder of a licence or pilotage certificate shall be required to take further training to enable him to meet the qualifications of holders of licences and pilotage certificates prescribed by these Regulations since his licence or certificate was issued when he is unable to meet those qualifications.

Examinations

  •  (1) To determine whether an applicant for or the holder of a licence or pilotage certificate or an applicant who wishes to become an apprentice pilot meets the qualifications prescribed for applicants and holders by the Act, the General Pilotage Regulations and these Regulations, the Authority may refer the qualifications of the applicant or holder to a committee of examiners.

  • (2) There shall be two committees of examiners consisting of five members each.

  • (3) One of the committees of examiners shall examine the qualifications of applicants and holders with respect to Area 1 compulsory pilotage area and the other committee shall examine the qualifications of applicants and holders with respect to Areas 2, 3, 4 and 5 compulsory pilotage areas.

  • (4) Each committee of examiners shall consist of

    • (a) two persons appointed by the Authority, one of whom shall be chairman of the committee;

    • (b) a licensed pilot appointed by the representative body of licensed pilots;

    • (c) a licensed pilot appointed by the Authority; and

    • (d) a master mariner appointed by the Authority.

  • (5) A committee of examiners shall be appointed for a term of one year commencing July 1st in each year.

  • (6) Any retiring member of a committee of examiners shall be eligible for re-appointment to that committee.

  • (7) A quorum of a committee of examiners shall be four members.

 A committee of examiners shall

  • (a) prepare a list of applicants who are eligible to become apprentice pilots or holders of licences or pilotage certificates and submit the list to the Authority for approval;

  • (b) conduct examinations under the direction of the Authority;

  • (c) submit to the Authority statements of the results of all examinations conducted by it;

  • (d) prepare the curriculum of training for the apprenticeship system and any pilotage certificate training program that is established by the Authority; and

  • (e) hold regular meetings as directed by the Authority to review the progress of persons in the apprenticeship system and any pilotage certificate training program that is established by the Authority.

  •  (1) Examinations held by a committee of examiners shall be in such form as the Authority may determine and shall consist of, but not be limited to, questions on the following subjects:

    • (a) local knowledge of every area to which the application, licence or pilotage certificate relates including

      • (i) tides and currents,

      • (ii) dredged channel widths and depths,

      • (iii) depth of water,

      • (iv) important and essential cable areas and prohibited anchorage areas,

      • (v) anchorage areas and depths,

      • (vi) aides to navigation, and

      • (vii) bridge signals and clearances;

    • (b) knowledge of

    • (c) seamanship and ship handling;

    • (d) docking problems and the use of tug boats and anchors;

    • (e) general chart work, including the correction of courses and compass errors;

    • (f) communications;

    • (g) International Code of Signals, including the use of one and two flag signals;

    • (h) duties of a pilot;

    • (i) use of navigational and bridge instruments;

    • (j) practical knowledge of the interpretation and operation of radar; and

    • (k) such other subjects as the committee of examiners may consider necessary.

  • (2) A candidate has a maximum of six attempts at the examination referred to in subsection (1).

  • SOR/2009-329, s. 10
 
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