When operating a vessel using a navigator with a PEC, the voyage shall have been registered in SafeSeaNet Norway.
For the entire voyage in Norwegian waters the following criteria needs to be fullfilled, when using one or more PECs:
- the master must have a PEC for that area for other of the vessel navigators to be able to use their PEC
- the pilot exemption certificate is only valid in the fairways established in Regulation 30 November 2009 No. 1477 on fairways. In the NCA digital map "Kystinfo", which is part of the regulation, it is determined wich fairways are the primary fairways and secondary fairways.
- This does not apply to towing vessels, workboat of aquaculture, live-fish transport vessels, and fishing vessels when it will entail unreasonable route restructuring to follow prescribed fairways, and also if the vessel because of their mission or their activity can not follow the trails.
- Local restrictions in some fairways are differentiated for class 2/3 and class 1, you will find this in NCA digital map "Kystinfo", or as specified in Annex 3 of the Regulation regarding compulsory pilotage and use of PEC.
- Corridors leading to "pilot pick-up" points are also available for PEC - vessels. If needed a navigator without a valid PEC may sail the corridor if a navigator with a valid PEC takes over before the pick-up point. This is decided by the NCA and details given in this document (Norwegian only)
- Rest Periods: the holder of PEC shall have at least 10 hours of leave from duties during any 24 hour period
- the pilot exemption certificate shall on demand be presented to the NCA, NMD, local port authorities, Police, Armed Forces and Customs.
- Notification of sailing with PEC shall be recorded in SafeSeaNet
- the pilot exemption certificate can not be used during towing of objects with a total length of 75 meters or more / width of 30 meters / draft of 8 metres, except for towing floating tube not exceeding 505 meters or fish cages up to 300 meters
- the pilot exemption certificate can not be used while operating with escort vessels.
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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