The pilotage fees consist of the pilotage readiness fee, pilotage service fee and pilot exemption certificate fee.
The pilot service is regulated by the Pilotage Act. The vessels and sailings that are subject to compulsory pilotage are listed in REG 1994-12-23 no. 1129: Regulations relating to the duty to use a pilot in Norwegian waters.
Vessels that voluntarily use a state pilot will be subject to the Pilotage Fee and the Pilotage Readiness Fee.
Vessels subject to compulsory pilotage are primarily:
- Vessels with a length of 70 metres or more or a width of 20 metres or more.
- Vessels with a length of 35/50 metres or more that carry hazardous or pollutive cargo as stated in the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations.
- Passenger ships with a length of 50 metres or more, but exempt from compulsory pilotage if they are licensed for scheduled passenger transport pursuant to Act no. 45 of 21 June 2002 relating to professional transport with a motor vehicle or vessel (Professional Transport Act) and service the route.
This list is not complete. In the Regulations relating to the duty to use a pilot in Norwegian waters there are several provisions relating to compulsory pilotage areas, vessels subject to compulsory pilotage and exemptions.
The duty to pay pilotage fees is authorised by REG 1994-12-23 no. 1128: Regulations relating to the pilotage readiness fee, pilotage service fee and pilot exemption certificate fee (pilotage fees).
Vessels subject to compulsory pilotage in waters subject to compulsory pilotage are required to pay the following fees:
- The Pilotage Readiness fee applies from when the vessel crosses the boundary for waters that are subject to fees on approach or departure.
- The Pilotage Service fee applies from when the state pilot is taken on board and includes all operation with a state pilot on board.
- The Pilot Exemption Certificate fee applies on the completion of a pilot exemption certificate examination, as well as when a pilot exemption certificate is issued, renewed or changed.
- A Trainee Pilot Exemption Certificate fee applies on the issuance of a trainee pilot exemption certificate.
Vessels subject to fees that primarily operate within the boundaries for waters that are subject to fees or between Norwegian ports shall pay the pilotage readiness fee in the form of an annual fee.
Vessels subject to compulsory pilotage that operate with a pilot exemption certificate or are exempt from the requirement to have a pilot on board shall pay pilotage readiness fees, while vessels that have a pilot on board shall also pay the pilotage service fees.
Introducing New Regulations for Pilot Bookings
On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) will introduce new booking regulations for requesting marine pilots. The regulations will thus be formalized and merged into one set ‒ Regulations on Compulsory Pilotage.
Fees for 2018: Reduction in Safety Fees and moderate increase in Pilotage Fee
The fees for 2018 set by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, are noticeably lower than 2017. For 2018, safety fees are reduced by 8.5 per cent on average and the pilot readiness fee is increased by 1.9 per cent on average.
Automated control of vessels using Pilot Exemption Certificates
In November, the Norwegian Coastal Administration introduced a digital tool that improves and automates the process of uncovering compulsory pilotage violations. Monitoring compulsory pilotage, including the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, helps ensure a high degree of safety along the coast.
Changes in local restrictions for use of Pilot Exemption Certificate
As of January 1st, 2017, Annex 3 of the Compulsory Pilotage Regulations has been updated. This will result in changes in local restrictions for the use of Pilot Exemption Certificate in several locations on the west and north coast of Norway.
Pilot Exemption Certificate – General exams now available for offshore navigators
Navigators that sail between supply bases on the Norwegian mainland and North Sea offshore installations can now apply for PEC-exam specifically for offshore-bases.
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