Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: SB 6171 was passed by the 2012 legislature which increased the tonnage limitation from five hundred to seven hundred fifty gross tons (international) on foreign flagged yachts applying for a pilotage exemption.
This amendment to RCW 88.16.070 became effective on June 7, 2012.
Purpose: To align the language of this rule so it is consistent with the statute. The proposed changes are also intended to modify the procedures, fee structure and the petition form when applying for an exemption from pilotage requirements.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 363-116-360.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 88.16 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-16-079 on July 31, 2012.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: A modification was made to subsection (6) in order to better define annual renewals of vessel exemptions.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 13, 2012.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-24-085, filed 11/30/10, effective 12/31/10)
WAC 363-116-360 Exempt vessels. (1) Under the authority of RCW 88.16.070, application may be made to the board of pilotage commissioners to seek exemption from the pilotage requirements for the operation of a limited class of small passenger vessels ((
or yachts)), which are not more than five
hundred gross tons (international), do not exceed two hundred
feet in length, and are operated exclusively in the waters of
the Puget Sound pilotage district and lower British Columbia,
or yachts, which are not more than seven hundred fifty gross
tons (international), and do not exceed two hundred feet in
length. For purposes of this section, any vessel carrying
passengers for a fee, including yachts under charter where
both the vessel and crew are provided for a fee, shall be
considered a passenger vessel.
The owners or operators of the vessel for which exemption is sought must:
(a) Complete and file with the board a petition
requesting an exemption at least ((
sixty days)) forty-eight
hours prior to planned vessel operations (( in the Puget Sound
pilotage district)) where possible. Petitions filed with less
than (( sixty days)) forty-eight hours notice may be considered
by the chair at the chair's discretion(( .
(b) The petition requesting exemption shall be)) on a
board-approved form ((
which)). The form shall include a
description of the vessel, the contemplated use of vessel, the
proposed area of operation, the names and addresses of the
vessel's owner and operator, the areas and dates of planned
operations, and such other information as the board shall
require (( on its petition form)).
(c))) (b) Pay the appropriate initial application or
renewal fee with the submittal of the petition, which is
listed in subsection (5) of this section.
(2) All petitions for exemption filed with the board
shall be ((
reviewed by the chair, who shall make a
recommendation to the board to be)) considered at its next
regularly or specially scheduled meeting. Consistent with the
public interest, the chair may grant an interim exemption to a
petitioner subject to final approval at the next board
meeting, where special time or other conditions exist.
(3) Any grant of an ((
interim)) exemption, including
interim exemptions, may contain such conditions as the board,
or in the case of an interim exemption, the chair, deems
necessary to protect the public interest in order to prevent
the loss of human life and property and to protect the marine
environment of the state of Washington.
Such conditions may include: A requirement that the
vessel employ the services of a pilot on its initial voyage
Puget Sound)) state pilotage waters; and/or that the
master of the vessel at all times hold as a minimum, a United
States government license as a master of ocean or near coastal
steam or motor vessels of not more than sixteen hundred gross
tons or as a master of inland steam or motor vessels of not
more than five hundred gross tons, such license to include a
current radar endorsement; and/or that the vessel possess
specific navigational charts, publications and navigational
equipment necessary to ensure safe operation.
(3) The recommendation of the chair shall be considered
at the next regular or specially scheduled meeting of the
board. Interested parties shall receive notice and
opportunity for hearing at that time, provided that the party
notifies the board at least five days in advance of the
meeting of its desire for hearing.))
(4) The board shall annually, or at any other time when in the public interest, review any exemptions granted to the specified class of small vessels to ensure that each exempted vessel remains in compliance with the original exemption and any conditions to the exemption. The board shall have the authority to revoke such exemption when there is not continued compliance with the requirements for exemption.
(5) Fee Schedule for Petitioners for Exemption
|Up to and including 50 feet LOA||$((
|Up to and including 100 feet LOA||450||750||300|
|Up to and including 200 feet LOA||750||1125||450
|B. Passenger Vessels|
|Up to and including 100 feet LOA||1125||1500||600|
|Up to and including 200 feet LOA||1500||1500||750|
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW. 10-24-085, § 363-116-360, filed 11/30/10, effective 12/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.070 and 1995 c 174. 97-12-018, § 363-116-360, filed 5/28/97, effective 6/28/97. 97-08-042, recodified as § 363-116-360, filed 3/28/97, effective 3/28/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.070. 93-07-077, § 296-116-360, filed 3/18/93, effective 4/18/93; 90-20-039, § 296-116-360, filed 9/25/90, effective 10/26/90; 88-09-015 (Order 88-6, Resolution No. 88-6), § 296-116-360, filed 4/13/88.]