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The Pilotage Act

The Pilotage Act lays down the legal framwork for compulsory pilotage, duties of the pilot and the master during pilotage, the principles of Pilotage Exemption Certificates and fees related to the pilot services.

The aim of the Pilotage Act is to ensure sufficient knowledge of local waters on board the vessel and thereby contribute to safeguarding traffic at sea.

The duties of the Norwegian Coastal Administration pursuant to the Pilotage Act include the organisation of the pilot services, dispatch of pilots, administration of the Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme, stipulation and collection of fees, pilot training and licence verification for the various pilot licences, and supervisory, control and enforcement functions.

The Pilotage Act applies to Norwegian internal waters and the territorial sea, and it has also been made applicable to Svalbard.

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