WSR 07-09-006

PROPOSED RULES

BOARD OF

PILOTAGE COMMISSIONERS

[ Filed April 5, 2007, 12:02 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 363-116-300 Pilotage rates for the Puget Sound pilotage district.

Hearing Location(s): 2901 Third Avenue, 4th Floor, Rainier Conference Room, Seattle, WA 98121, on May 23, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 23, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Captain Harry Dudley, Chairman, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, e-mail larsonp@wsdot.wa.gov, fax (206) 515-3906, by May 17, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Judy Bell by May 21, 2007, (206) 515-3647.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the proposal is to establish a Puget Sound pilotage district annual tariff.

The proposed rule reflects a range of increases to be charged for pilotage services in the Puget Sound pilotage district for the 2007-2008 tariff year. The low end of the range is proposed by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and Polar Tankers, Inc. NW (PTI). The high end of the range and other specified increases and amendments are proposed by the Puget Sound pilots (PSP). At this time nearly all rates are at issue. Upon consideration of all written and oral testimony, it is anticipated that the adopted rule will reflect increases to the tariff in the rage between 0% and 14%. Exceptions include some tariff categories which are outside of this range or specifically allocated to new charges and are specified below.

PMSA and PTI propose that the low end of the range of increases is 0% applied across-the-board except for the Transportation and Training Surcharge categories to which no change is applied.

PSP proposes that the high end of the range of increases is 8% applied across-the-board (except for the Transportation and Training Surcharge categories to which no change is applied) and the creation of a new Pension Charge in the amount of $195 per assignment (the equivalent of an additional 6% across-the-board increase).

PSP also proposes a modification to the Delinquent Payment Charge category to make interest payable starting 30 days from the first billing.

PMSA and PTI do not support the addition of a Pension Charge or the amendment to the Delinquent Payment Charge.

Clarifying language was proposed in the Training Surcharge category.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 88.16.035 requires that a tariff be set annually.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 88.16.035.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 88.16 RCW.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Current rates for the Puget Sound pilotage district expire on June 30, 2007. New rates must be set annually.

The board may adopt a rule that varies from the proposed rule upon consideration of presentations and written comments from the public and any other interested parties.

Name of Proponent: Puget Sound Pilots, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and Polar Tankers, Inc., N.W., private.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, (206) 515-3904.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule is being considered in the context of the required annual revision to the rates charged for pilotage services. The application of the range of proposed increases is clear in the description of the proposal and its anticipated effects as well as the attached proposed tariff.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The Washington state board of pilotage commissioners is not a listed agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

April 5, 2007

Peggy Larson

Administrator

OTS-9672.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-084, filed 12/19/06, effective 1/20/07)

WAC 363-116-300   Pilotage rates for the Puget Sound pilotage district.   Effective 0001 hours ((January 20)) July 1, 2007, through 2400 hours June 30, ((2007)) 2008.


CLASSIFICATION RATE
Ship length overall (LOA)
Charges:
Per LOA rate schedule in this section.
Boarding fee: $43.00 to $46.00 range
Per each boarding/deboarding at the Port Angeles pilot station.
Harbor shift - Live ship (Seattle Port) LOA Zone I
Harbor shift - Live ship (other than Seattle Port) LOA Zone I
Harbor shift - Dead ship Double LOA Zone I
Towing charge - Dead ship: Double LOA Zone
LOA of tug + LOA of tow + beam of tow

Any tow exceeding seven hours, two pilots are mandatory. Harbor shifts shall constitute and be limited to those services in moving vessels from dock to dock, from anchorage to dock, from dock to anchorage, or from anchorage to anchorage in the same port after all other applicable tariff charges for pilotage services have been recognized as payable.


Compass Adjustment $310.00 to $335.00 range
Radio Direction Finder Calibration $310.00 to $335.00 range
Launching Vessels $466.00 to $503.00 range
Trial Trips, 6 hours or less (minimum $876.00 to $948.00 range) $146.00 to $158.00 range per hour
Trial Trips, over 6 hours (two pilots) $291.00 to $314.00 range per hour
Shilshole Bay Salmon Bay $182.00 to $197.00 range
Salmon Bay Lake Union $141.00 to $152.00 range
Lake Union Lake Washington (plus LOA zone from Webster Point) $182.00 to $197.00 range
Cancellation Charge LOA Zone I
Cancellation Charge Port Angeles: LOA Zone II
(When a pilot is ordered and vessel proceeds to a port outside the Puget Sound pilotage district without stopping for a pilot or when a pilot order is canceled less than twelve hours prior to the original ETA.)

Waterway and Bridge Charges:

Ships up to 90' beam:

A charge of $229.00 to $247.00 range shall be in addition to bridge fees for any vessel movements both inbound and outbound required to transit south of Spokane Street in Seattle, south of Eleventh Street in any of the Tacoma waterways, in Port Gamble, or in the Snohomish River. Any vessel movements required to transit through bridges shall have an additional charge of $109.00 to $118.00 range per bridge.


Ships 90' beam and/or over:

A charge of $311.00 to $336.00 range shall be in addition to bridge fees for any vessel movements both inbound and outbound required to transit south of Spokane Street in Seattle and south of Eleventh Street in any of the Tacoma waterways. Any vessel movements required to transit through bridges shall have an additional charge of $217.00 to $234.00 range per bridge.


(The above charges shall not apply to transit of vessels from Shilshole Bay to the limits of Lake Washington.)


Two or three pilots required:

In a case where two or three pilots are employed for a single vessel waterway or bridge transit, the second and/or third pilot charge shall include the bridge and waterway charge in addition to the harbor shift rate.


Docking Delay After Anchoring:

Applicable harbor shift rate to apply, plus $236.00 to $255.00 range per hour standby. No charge if delay is 60 minutes or less. If the delay is more than 60 minutes, charge is $236.00 to $255.00 range for every hour or fraction thereof.

Sailing Delay:

No charge if delay is 60 minutes or less. If the delay is more than 60 minutes, charge is $236.00 to $255.00 range for every hour or fraction thereof. The assessment of the standby fee shall not exceed a period of twelve hours in any twenty-four-hour period.


Slowdown:

When a vessel chooses not to maintain its normal speed capabilities for reasons determined by the vessel and not the pilot, and when the difference in arrival time is one hour, or greater, from the predicted arrival time had the vessel maintained its normal speed capabilities, a charge of $236.00 to $255.00 range per hour, and each fraction thereof, will be assessed for the resultant difference in arrival time.


Delayed Arrival Port Angeles:

When a pilot is ordered for an arriving inbound vessel at Port Angeles and the vessel does not arrive within two hours of its ETA, or its ETA is amended less than six hours prior to the original ETA, a charge of $236.00 to $255.00 range for each hour delay, or fraction thereof, shall be assessed in addition to all other appropriate charges.


When a pilot is ordered for an arriving inbound vessel at Port Angeles and the ETA is delayed to six hours or more beyond the original ETA, a cancellation charge shall be assessed, in addition to all other appropriate charges, if the ETA was not amended at least twelve hours prior to the original ETA.


Tonnage Charges:

0 to 20,000 gross tons:

Additional charge to LOA zone mileage of $0.0073 to $0.0079 range a gross ton for all gross tonnage up to 20,000 gross tons.


20,000 to 50,000 gross tons:

Additional charge to LOA zone mileage of $0.0751 to $0.0811 range a gross ton for all gross tonnage in excess of 20,000 gross tons up to 50,000 gross tons.


50,000 gross tons and up:

In excess of 50,000 gross tons, the charge shall be $0.0900 to $0.0972 range per gross ton.


For vessels where a certificate of international gross tonnage is required, the appropriate international gross tonnage shall apply.


Transportation to Vessels on Puget Sound:


March Point or Anacortes $157.00
Bangor 153.00
Bellingham 181.00
Bremerton 135.00
Cherry Point 209.00
Dupont 97.00
Edmonds 35.00
Everett 59.00
Ferndale 199.00
Manchester 131.00
Mukilteo 53.00
Olympia 125.00
Point Wells 35.00
Port Gamble 185.00
Port Townsend (Indian Island) 223.00
Seattle 15.00
Tacoma 71.00

(a) Intraharbor transportation for the Port Angeles port area: Transportation between Port Angeles pilot station and Port Angeles harbor docks - $15.00.

(b) Interport shifts: Transportation paid to and from both points.

(c) Intraharbor shifts: Transportation to be paid both ways. If intraharbor shift is canceled on or before scheduled reporting time, transportation paid one way only.

(d) Cancellation: Transportation both ways unless notice of cancellation is received prior to scheduled reporting time in which case transportation need only be paid one way.

(e) Any new facilities or other seldom used terminals, not covered above, shall be based on mileage x $2.00 per mile.


Delinquent Payment Charge:

1 1/2% per month after 30 days to 45 days range from first billing.


Nonuse of Pilots:

Ships taking and discharging pilots without using their services through all Puget Sound and adjacent inland waters shall pay full pilotage fees on the LOA zone mileage basis from Port Angeles to destination, from place of departure to Port Angeles, or for entire distance between two ports on Puget Sound and adjacent inland waters.


Training Surcharge:

Effective January 20, 2007, a surcharge of $5.00 for each pilot trainee then receiving a stipend pursuant to the training program provided in WAC 363-116-078 shall be added to each ((vessel)) pilotage assignment.


Pension Charge:

A $0.00 to $195.00 range charge per pilotage assignment, including cancellations.


LOA Rate Schedule:

The following rate schedule is based upon distances furnished by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, computed to the nearest half-mile and includes retirement fund contributions.




LOW RANGE
LOA ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE
I II III IV V VI
Intra Harbor 0-30 Miles 31-50 Miles 51-75 Miles 76-100 Miles 101 Miles Over
Up to 449 227 351 600 894 1,204 1,562
450 - 459 236 358 604 908 1,224 1,570
460 - 469 238 362 613 923 1,240 1,577
470 - 479 247 372 621 941 1,244 1,580
480 - 489 253 379 624 959 1,251 1,587
490 - 499 257 384 632 976 1,267 1,595
500 - 509 270 391 642 988 1,276 1,605
510 - 519 272 398 649 1,002 1,290 1,610
520 - 529 275 412 657 1,007 1,301 1,624
530 - 539 284 417 666 1,018 1,322 1,642
540 - 549 289 423 681 1,029 1,343 1,657
550 - 559 294 438 686 1,044 1,353 1,673
560 - 569 305 455 699 1,053 1,366 1,689
570 - 579 311 459 702 1,058 1,380 1,700
580 - 589 324 466 718 1,066 1,389 1,717
590 - 599 340 476 723 1,071 1,409 1,737
600 - 609 351 490 732 1,075 1,426 1,746
610 - 619 371 495 746 1,080 1,440 1,761
620 - 629 386 502 751 1,092 1,456 1,782
630 - 639 404 510 760 1,095 1,469 1,797
640 - 649 419 522 769 1,097 1,481 1,810
650 - 659 449 531 782 1,107 1,499 1,829
660 - 669 458 537 789 1,112 1,515 1,844
670 - 679 474 551 797 1,132 1,533 1,854
680 - 689 481 560 808 1,142 1,546 1,872
690 - 699 495 569 820 1,162 1,562 1,911
700 - 719 517 588 835 1,177 1,592 1,933
720 - 739 548 604 856 1,193 1,624 1,965
740 - 759 569 632 872 1,204 1,657 2,000
760 - 779 591 653 894 1,224 1,689 2,027
780 - 799 621 682 908 1,240 1,717 2,062
800 - 819 646 702 926 1,247 1,746 2,093
820 - 839 666 727 947 1,267 1,782 2,118
840 - 859 694 756 965 1,281 1,809 2,154
860 - 879 720 782 983 1,314 1,844 2,185
880 - 899 746 805 1,002 1,345 1,872 2,217
900 - 919 768 831 1,019 1,379 1,911 2,248
920 - 939 791 856 1,044 1,409 1,931 2,278
940 - 959 820 878 1,059 1,440 1,965 2,306
960 - 979 839 904 1,078 1,469 2,000 2,341
980 - 999 867 926 1,096 1,499 2,027 2,370
1000 - 1019 919 986 1,145 1,579 2,122 2,473
1020 - 1039 944 1,014 1,180 1,624 2,186 2,546
1040 - 1059 972 1,039 1,215 1,673 2,249 2,621
1060 - 1079 1,002 1,076 1,250 1,724 2,319 2,699
1080 - 1099 1,032 1,107 1,288 1,773 2,387 2,780
1100 - 1119 1,061 1,140 1,327 1,828 2,458 2,864
1120 - 1139 1,094 1,176 1,368 1,881 2,532 2,949
1140 - 1159 1,126 1,209 1,407 1,938 2,609 3,038
1160 - 1179 1,159 1,244 1,450 1,996 2,686 3,129
1180 - 1199 1,195 1,282 1,492 2,056 2,768 3,223
1200 - 1219 1,231 1,321 1,536 2,118 2,850 3,318
1220 - 1239 1,267 1,360 1,582 2,181 2,934 3,417
1240 - 1259 1,304 1,400 1,629 2,246 3,023 3,519
1260 - 1279 1,343 1,441 1,678 2,313 3,114 3,625
1280 - 1299 1,383 1,486 1,729 2,383 3,205 3,734
1300 - 1319 1,425 1,528 1,779 2,453 3,302 3,845
1320 - 1339 1,468 1,574 1,834 2,527 3,400 3,961
1340 - 1359 1,510 1,622 1,889 2,602 3,502 4,080
1360 - 1379 1,556 1,669 1,944 2,681 3,606 4,200
1380 - 1399 1,602 1,719 2,004 2,760 3,714 4,328
1400 - 1419 1,650 1,771 2,061 2,842 3,825 4,457
1420 - 1439 1,699 1,824 2,124 2,928 3,941 4,590
1440 - 1459 1,751 1,879 2,189 3,014 4,059 4,727
1460 - 1479 1,800 1,934 2,252 3,105 4,180 4,868
1480 - 1499 1,855 1,991 2,320 3,197 4,304 5,013
1500 Over 1,911 2,052 2,389 3,295 4,432 5,163

HIGH RANGE
LOA ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE ZONE
I II III IV V VI
Intra Harbor 0-30 Miles 31-50 Miles 51-75 Miles 76-100 Miles 101 Miles Over
Up to 449 245 379 648 966 1,300 1,687
450 - 459 254 387 652 980 1,322 1,695
460 - 469 257 391 662 996 1,339 1,703
470 - 479 267 402 671 1,016 1,343 1,706
480 - 489 273 410 674 1,035 1,351 1,714
490 - 499 277 415 683 1,054 1,369 1,722
500 - 509 292 422 694 1,067 1,378 1,733
510 - 519 293 430 700 1,082 1,393 1,738
520 - 529 297 445 710 1,087 1,405 1,754
530 - 539 307 450 719 1,099 1,428 1,773
540 - 549 312 457 735 1,112 1,450 1,789
550 - 559 317 473 741 1,128 1,461 1,807
560 - 569 329 491 755 1,137 1,476 1,824
570 - 579 336 496 758 1,142 1,491 1,836
580 - 589 350 504 775 1,152 1,500 1,855
590 - 599 367 514 781 1,157 1,521 1,876
600 - 609 379 529 790 1,161 1,540 1,886
610 - 619 400 534 806 1,166 1,555 1,902
620 - 629 416 542 812 1,180 1,572 1,924
630 - 639 437 550 821 1,183 1,587 1,941
640 - 649 453 564 830 1,185 1,599 1,955
650 - 659 485 573 845 1,196 1,619 1,975
660 - 669 494 580 852 1,201 1,637 1,991
670 - 679 512 595 861 1,223 1,655 2,002
680 - 689 520 605 873 1,233 1,670 2,022
690 - 699 534 615 885 1,255 1,687 2,064
700 - 719 558 635 901 1,271 1,720 2,088
720 - 739 592 652 924 1,288 1,754 2,123
740 - 759 615 683 941 1,300 1,789 2,160
760 - 779 639 706 966 1,322 1,824 2,190
780 - 799 671 737 980 1,339 1,855 2,227
800 - 819 698 758 1,000 1,347 1,886 2,261
820 - 839 719 785 1,023 1,369 1,924 2,287
840 - 859 750 817 1,042 1,383 1,954 2,326
860 - 879 778 845 1,062 1,420 1,991 2,360
880 - 899 806 869 1,082 1,453 2,022 2,394
900 - 919 829 897 1,101 1,489 2,064 2,428
920 - 939 854 924 1,128 1,521 2,085 2,460
940 - 959 885 948 1,144 1,555 2,123 2,491
960 - 979 907 976 1,164 1,587 2,160 2,528
980 - 999 936 1,000 1,184 1,619 2,190 2,559
1000 - 1019 992 1,065 1,236 1,705 2,291 2,670
1020 - 1039 1,019 1,095 1,275 1,754 2,361 2,749
1040 - 1059 1,050 1,122 1,312 1,807 2,429 2,831
1060 - 1079 1,082 1,162 1,350 1,861 2,504 2,915
1080 - 1099 1,114 1,196 1,391 1,915 2,578 3,002
1100 - 1119 1,146 1,231 1,433 1,974 2,654 3,094
1120 - 1139 1,181 1,270 1,477 2,032 2,735 3,185
1140 - 1159 1,216 1,306 1,520 2,093 2,818 3,281
1160 - 1179 1,252 1,343 1,566 2,156 2,901 3,379
1180 - 1199 1,291 1,385 1,611 2,220 2,989 3,481
1200 - 1219 1,330 1,426 1,659 2,287 3,077 3,584
1220 - 1239 1,369 1,469 1,709 2,356 3,169 3,691
1240 - 1259 1,409 1,512 1,760 2,425 3,265 3,801
1260 - 1279 1,450 1,556 1,812 2,498 3,363 3,914
1280 - 1299 1,493 1,604 1,867 2,574 3,462 4,032
1300 - 1319 1,539 1,650 1,922 2,649 3,566 4,153
1320 - 1339 1,586 1,699 1,981 2,729 3,672 4,277
1340 - 1359 1,631 1,752 2,040 2,810 3,782 4,406
1360 - 1379 1,681 1,803 2,100 2,895 3,894 4,536
1380 - 1399 1,730 1,856 2,164 2,981 4,011 4,674
1400 - 1419 1,782 1,912 2,226 3,069 4,131 4,813
1420 - 1439 1,835 1,970 2,294 3,162 4,256 4,958
1440 - 1459 1,891 2,029 2,364 3,256 4,383 5,105
1460 - 1479 1,945 2,089 2,432 3,353 4,514 5,258
1480 - 1499 2,003 2,151 2,506 3,452 4,648 5,414
1500 Over 2,064 2,216 2,581 3,558 4,786 5,576

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035. 07-01-084, 363-116-300, filed 12/19/06, effective 1/20/07; 06-12-009, 363-116-300, filed 5/26/06, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW and 2005 c 26. 05-18-021, 363-116-300, filed 8/29/05, effective 10/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035. 05-12-055, 363-116-300, filed 5/26/05, effective 7/1/05; 04-12-014, 363-116-300, filed 5/24/04, effective 7/1/04; 03-12-019, 363-116-300, filed 5/28/03, effective 7/1/03; 02-12-008, 363-116-300, filed 5/23/02, effective 7/1/02; 01-18-050, 363-116-300, filed 8/30/01, effective 9/30/01; 01-12-032, 363-116-300, filed 5/29/01, effective 7/1/01; 00-11-119, 363-116-300, filed 5/22/00, effective 7/1/00; 99-12-027, 363-116-300, filed 5/25/99, effective 7/1/99; 98-12-008, 363-116-300, filed 5/22/98, effective 7/1/98; 97-12-017, 363-116-300, filed 5/28/97, effective 7/1/97. Recodified as 363-116-300. 97-08-042, filed 3/28/97, effective 3/28/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035. 96-12-017, 296-116-300, filed 5/29/96, effective 7/1/96; 95-12-018, 296-116-300, filed 5/30/95, effective 7/1/95; 94-12-044, 296-116-300, filed 5/27/94, effective 7/1/94; 93-12-133, 296-116-300, filed 6/2/93, effective 7/3/93; 92-14-007, 296-116-300, filed 6/19/92, effective 7/20/92; 91-11-074, 296-116-300, filed 5/20/91, effective 6/20/91; 90-20-116, 296-116-300, filed 10/2/90, effective 11/2/90; 90-08-095, 296-116-300, filed 4/4/90, effective 5/5/90; 89-08-041 (Order 89-2, Resolution No. 89-2), 296-116-300, filed 3/31/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.050. 88-05-039 (Order 88-1, Resolution No. 88-1), 296-116-300, filed 2/16/88, effective 3/18/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035(4). 87-01-081 (Orders 86-9 and 86-10, Resolution Nos. 86-9 and 86-10), 296-116-300, filed 12/19/86; 86-19-066 (Order 86-6, Resolution No. 86-6), 296-116-300, filed 9/16/86; 86-02-035 (Order 86-1, Resolution No. 86-1), 296-116-300, filed 12/30/85; 85-02-048 (Order 84-5, Resolution No. 84-5), 296-116-300, filed 12/31/84; 84-04-006 (Order 84-1, Resolution No. 84-1), 296-116-300, filed 1/20/84; 83-17-055 (Order 83-6, Resolution No. 83-6), 296-116-300, filed 8/17/83; 82-13-065 (Order 82-4, Resolution No. 82-4), 296-116-300, filed 6/16/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035. 81-12-017 (Order 81-2, Resolution No. 81-2), 296-116-300, filed 5/29/81; 80-06-084 (Order 80-1, Resolution No. 80-1), 296-116-300, filed 5/28/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.035(4). 79-07-033 (Order 79-4, Resolution No. 79-4), 296-116-300, filed 6/19/79. Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW and 1977 ex. sess. c 337, 1 and 4. 78-02-008 (Order 78-1), 296-116-300, filed 1/6/78, effective 2/10/78; Order 77-18, 296-116-300, filed 9/20/77, effective 11/1/77; Order 76-24, 296-116-300, filed 7/22/76; Order 75-3, 296-116-300, filed 2/10/75; Order 74-2, 296-116-300, filed 1/8/74; Order 73-8, 296-116-300, filed 6/20/73 and Emergency Order 73-10, filed 7/19/73, effective 8/14/73; Order 70-7, 296-116-300, filed 7/16/70; 7/25/67; 2/18/64; 10/29/62; 12/28/60; 3/23/60.]

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