WSR 07-14-113




[ Filed July 3, 2007, 8:54 a.m. ]

     Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage rules.

     Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 88.16 RCW, Pilotage act.

     Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board is undergoing a complete review of chapter 363-116 WAC, Pilotage rules, in order to create or amend language that will be more concise, clear and current. Chapter 88.16 RCW, Pilotage Act, will be reviewed as well. Modifications to one may necessitate modifications to the other.

     The board of pilotage commissioners is considering possible changes to chapter 363-116 WAC to include, but not limited to, the following sections:

The provisions of WAC 363-116-076 examination for pilot applicants, relating to the written pilot examination including without limitation those relating to the scoring of the written pilot examination and ranking of applicants;
The provisions of WAC 363-116-077 Simulator evaluation for pilot applicants, relating to the pilot simulator evaluation including without limitation those relating to qualification for, procedures to be followed in, payment of the cost of and scoring of the simulator evaluations portion of the qualifications process;
The provisions of WAC 363-116-078 Training program, relating to the pilot training program including without limitation those relating to ranking applicants for entry into the training program, the timing of the physical examination relating to the training program, the contents of the training program, the methods of evaluating trainees, the makeup of the trainee evaluation committee;
The provisions of WAC 363-116-083 Examination review and appeal procedures, relating to examination review and appeal procedures.
The provisions of WAC 363-116-300 Pilotage rates for the Puget Sound pilotage district, relating to reimbursement by the tariff of the cost of the Puget Sound and Grays Harbor retirement programs;
The provisions of WAC 363-116-315 Retirement disbursements, relating to disbursement of retirement funds according to pilot retirement plans;
The provisions of WAC 363-116-360 Exempt vessels, relating to requirements, procedures and the fee schedule for making application to acquire a vessel exemption.

     Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

     Process for Developing New Rule: The board will be considering amendments to these rules and will be discussing them in regular session board meetings. Stakeholder comments are welcome. Upon further review and consideration of recommended revisions, public hearings will be scheduled to consider the proposed new rules pursuant to formal notice requirements.

     Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Peggy Larson, Administrator, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, phone (206) 515-3904, fax (206) 515-3906,,

July 3, 2007

Peggy Larson


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