Class 1 is ment for use on board vessels larger than the restrictions given for Class 2 PECs. Experienced navigators may be eligible to apply for a Class 1 PEC.
As a result of different needs by the ship operators, and the different levels of risks regarding vessels, operations, cargoes etc. the PEC-arrangements are divided into four different certificate-classes.
Class 2 PEC
Class 2 is meant for use on board vessels up to 150m. Some areas have higher risks and therefore local length-restrictions apply. Different length restrictions apply to Class 2 and Class 1 PECs. Class 1 is for the largest vessels. A pilot conducts the PEC exams for Class 2 PEC.
Class 3 PEC
Class 3 PECs are restricted to be used on board vessels that; are no longer than 100m, are fitted with an ECDIS system and don't use heavy fuel oils for propulsion. The ship may not use the Class 3 PEC while carrying dangerous or hazardous cargoes. A PEC-assessor (not a pilot) conducts the exams for class 3 PECs.
The Cadet-PEC arrangement
The Cadet-PEC arrangement allows a navigator to attend the function as officer in charge of the watch inside Norwegian waters without a ordinary PEC. This can only be done on the Captains discretion, who is responsible for systematic training of the Cadet-PEC holder. The Cadet-PEC is only valid for three years and cannot be renewed thereafter.
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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