WSR 08-22-003




[ Filed October 23, 2008, 1:57 p.m. , effective November 23, 2008 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: To set forth requirements for a pilot on board a vessel which has been involved in a serious marine incident. These requirements involve stabilizing the vessel, relieving the pilot, transferring the con, and drug and alcohol testing.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 363-116-200 Duties of pilots.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 88.16 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-18-085 on September 3, 2008.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The portion of the proposed amendment which requires a pilot to depart the vessel for purposes of drug and alcohol testing was thought to possibly present a situation where a pilot could not meet the two-hour time limit in which such testing is required under 46 C.F.R. Part 4.06. Less restrictive language was adopted so that the pilot involved may meet the requirements of 46 C.F.R. Part 4.06.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: October 9, 2008.

Peggy Larson



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-15-119, filed 7/21/08, effective 8/21/08)

WAC 363-116-200   Duties of pilots.   (1) In any case where a vessel in the charge of a state licensed pilot is involved in an incident or near-miss occurrence, said pilot shall make a report to the board in the following required manner:

(a) Pilot's Report of Incident. A state licensed pilot involved in an incident shall notify the board by telephoning or radioing the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound as soon as the situation is stabilized or within one hour of reaching shore. The pilot shall also complete the board required Pilot's Report of Incident form and file it with the board as soon as possible after the incident, but in no event more than ten days afterwards. An incident includes an actual or apparent collision, allision or grounding, as well as a navigational occurrence which results in actual or apparent personal injury or property damage or environmental damage.

(b) Pilot's Report of Marine Safety Occurrence. A state licensed pilot involved in a near-miss occurrence shall complete the board required Pilot's Report of Marine Safety Occurrence form and file it with the board as soon as possible after the near-miss occurrence, but in no event more than ten days afterwards. A near-miss occurrence is where a pilot successfully takes action of a nonroutine nature to avoid a collision with another vessel, structure or aid to navigation, to avoid a grounding of the vessel or to avoid causing damages to the environment. Information relating to near-miss occurrences provided by a pilot on this form shall not be used for imposing any sanctions or penalties against said pilot. A state licensed pilot may also use this form on a voluntary basis for reporting out of the ordinary occurrences or concerns for navigational safety encountered or observed during the course of piloting a vessel.

(c) Completion of these forms does not replace or relieve a pilot from any other reporting requirements under federal, state or local law. If circumstances permit, a pilot will notify the vessel master of his/her intent to file a report of incident or marine safety occurrence with the board. The board shall forward a copy of any form received to the respective shipper or its board representative. The board of pilotage commissioners may, with or without a complaint being made against a pilot, investigate the matter reported upon.

(2) Pilots will report to the aids to navigation officer of the United States Coast Guard, all changes in lights, range lights, buoys, and any dangers to navigation that my come to their knowledge.

(3) Any pilot who shall fail, neglect or refuse to make a report to the board of pilotage commissioners as required by the pilotage laws of the state, or by these rules and regulations, for a period of ten days after the date when said report is required to be made, shall be subject to having his/her license suspended at the discretion of the board, and if he/she fails to report for a period of thirty days the board may, at its discretion, revoke his/her license.

(4) Pilots when so notified in writing shall report in person to the board, at any meeting specified in such notice.

(5) Any pilot summoned to testify before the pilotage board shall appear in accordance with such summons and shall make answer, under oath, to any question put to him/her which deals with any matter connected with the pilot service, or of the pilotage waters over which he/she is licensed to act. The pilot shall be entitled to have his/her attorney or advisor present during any such appearance and testimony.

(6) Any pilot who shall absent himself/herself from his/her pilotage duties or district for a period of sixty days without permission of the board of pilotage commissioners shall be liable to suspension or to the forfeiture of his/her license.

(7) A pilot on boarding a ship, if required by the master thereof, shall exhibit his/her license, or photo static copy thereof.

(8) When a pilot licensed under this act is employed on an enrolled ship, the same rules and regulations shall apply as pertain to registered ships.

(9) Any state licensed pilot assigned to pilot a vessel entering, leaving, or shifting berths under its own power in any of the waters subject to the provisions of chapter 88.16 RCW shall before assuming pilotage obligations for such vessel obtain assurance from the master that the vessel meets all requirements for safe navigation and maneuvering. In addition, the pilot shall obtain assurance that the ship's officers will maintain navigation procedures by all navigational aids available to insure that the vessel's position is known at all times. If the pilot in his/her professional judgment considers the vessel to be incapable of safe navigation and maneuvering due to performance limitations, he/she shall refuse to assume the obligations of pilotage for such vessel until such limitations have been corrected and shall promptly notify the pilot's control station and the chairman of the board of pilotage commissioners of such action.

(10) In providing pilotage services under chapter 88.16 RCW every pilot shall perform those duties in a professional manner and without negligence so as to not endanger life, limb or property, not violate or not fail to comply with state laws or regulations intended to promote marine safety or to protect navigable waters.

(11) A pilot involved in a serious marine incident as that term is defined in 46 CFR 4.03-2 shall, in addition to meeting all requirements imposed by federal law:

(a) To the extent practicable and safe, stabilize the vessel and request relief by the dispatching of another pilot; and

(b) As soon as the relief pilot arrives, transfer the con of the vessel to the new pilot; such that the pilot involved in the incident may meet the requirements of 46 CFR Part 4.06.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW and 2008 c 128. 08-15-119, 363-116-200, filed 7/21/08, effective 8/21/08. Recodified as 363-116-200. 97-08-042, filed 3/28/97, effective 3/28/97. Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW. 97-06-106, 296-116-200, filed 3/5/97, effective 4/5/97; Order 73-6, 296-116-200, filed 5/11/73; Order 2-68, 296-116-200, filed 11/1/68; 20, effective 11/25/58.]

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