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

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2020-10-14. Previous Versions

  •  (1) The Authority may, on application, waive compulsory pilotage in respect of a ship if

    • (a) the ship is in distress;

    • (b) a person on board the ship requires medical evacuation;

    • (c) the ship is engaged in rescue or salvage operations;

    • (d) the ship is seeking refuge; or

    • (e) a licensed pilot is not available to perform the functions of a pilot and the following conditions have been met:

      • (i) the owner, master or agent of the ship has complied with sections 12 and 13, and

      • (ii) all persons in charge of the deck watch are familiar with the route and the marine traffic control system in the compulsory pilotage area that the ship is entering.

    • (f) [Repealed, SOR/2020-211, s. 7]

  • (2) The Authority may waive compulsory pilotage in respect of a ship that

    • (a) is warping and is not using its engines or a tug except as a line boat for the handling of the ship’s lines;

    • (b) is proceeding directly — and, if applicable, in accordance with an established traffic separation scheme — to a pilot boarding station located within a compulsory pilotage area for the purpose of embarking a licensed pilot; or

    • (c) is proceeding directly — and, if applicable, in accordance with an established traffic separation scheme — out of a compulsory pilotage area after disembarking a licensed pilot at a pilot boarding station located within that area.

  • (3) The Authority may, on application, waive compulsory pilotage in respect of a ship of less than 10 000 gross tonnage if, as of the day on which the application is made, every person in charge of the deck watch

    • (a) holds the certificates that are required by Part 2 of the Marine Personnel Regulations or, if the ship is not Canadian, equivalent certificates;

    • (b) has completed, as a person in charge of the deck watch on voyages in the region, at least

      • (i) 150 days of service in the preceding 18 months, or

      • (ii) 365 days of service in the preceding 60 months, including at least 60 days in the preceding 24 months; and

    • (c) has served as a person in charge of the deck watch in the compulsory pilotage area for which the waiver is sought on at least one occasion within the preceding 24 months.

  • (4) Compulsory pilotage may be waived in respect of a ship referred to in subsection (3) that is travelling in the portion of Area 1 west of the New Westminster railway bridge only if every person in charge of the deck watch has, within the 24 months before the day on which the application is made, completed five return voyages, of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that portion of Area 1

    • (a) with a licensed pilot; or

    • (b) with a person in charge of the deck watch who has previously completed five return voyages, of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that portion of Area 1 with a licensed pilot.

  • (5) Compulsory pilotage may be waived in respect of a ship referred to in subsection (3) that is travelling in the portion of Area 1 east of the New Westminster railway bridge only if every person in charge of the deck watch has, within the 24 months before the day on which the application is made, completed 10 return voyages, of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that portion of Area 1

    • (a) with a licensed pilot; or

    • (b) with a person in charge of the deck watch who has previously completed 10 return voyages, of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that portion of Area 1 with a licensed pilot.

  • (6) Compulsory pilotage may be waived in respect of a ship referred to in subsection (3) that is carrying dangerous goods and travelling in the Second Narrows Traffic Control Zone only if every person in charge of the deck watch has, as of the day on which the application is made, completed six return voyages — at least one of which was completed within the preceding 24 months — of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that Zone

    • (a) with a licensed pilot; or

    • (b) with a person in charge of the deck watch who has previously completed six return voyages, of which the Authority was given prior notice, through that Zone with a licensed pilot.

  • (7) If a ship is part of an arrangement of ships, then the combined gross tonnage of all the ships in the arrangement of ships is taken into consideration in determining whether the ship qualifies for a waiver of compulsory pilotage under subsection (3).

  • (7.1) For greater certainty, the Authority may not waive compulsory pilotage in respect of any period before the embarkation or after the disembarkation of the persons who meet the conditions set out in subsections (3) to (6), as the case may be.

  • (8) Despite subsections (3) to (6), a ship is subject to compulsory pilotage if there is a risk to navigational safety because of

    • (a) ship safety orders resulting from an environmental risk;

    • (b) exceptional circumstances on board the ship; or

    • (c) extreme conditions related to weather, tides or currents or freshet conditions.

  • (9) An application for a waiver of compulsory pilotage other than an application made under a circumstance described in subsection (1) or (2) shall be made in writing.

  • (10) At the request of the Authority, the persons in charge of the deck watch referred to in subsections (1) to (6) shall produce evidence that the conditions set out in this section continue to be met.

  • SOR/83-23, s. 1
  • SOR/83-255, s. 1
  • SOR/2003-224, s. 3
  • SOR/2009-329, s. 5
  • SOR/2020-211, s. 7
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