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3. The Pilotage Act gives the Pilotage Authorities and the federal government (Governor in Council) the responsibility for regulating safety. Can you suggest ways to improve the current safety regulation system?

over 2 years ago

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  • Patrick Gates about 2 years ago
    In the Atlantic Region, the current system seems to work well. Masters of vessels trading regularly in to the same ports are allowed to sit a pilotage examination for the port or ports in order to get a Pilotage Certificate. The Certificate allows the master to pilot only the vessel he is currently in command of in that port. The distinction is a harbour pilot sits the same pilotage examination and is issued with a 'Licence which will allow him to pilot any vessel in the port. However, pilots are issued limited licences starting with a Class 'C', which allows him to pilot vessels up to 10Kgrt, then further training and experience he will earn Class 'B' usually graduated up to 30,000GRT, then to 40,000GRT and finally a Class 'A' which is unlimited tonnage. This system allows very close monitoring of the training and progress of the new pilot. The apprenticeship and qualifying to Class 'A' usually takes two plus years.
  • Mariner81 over 2 years ago
    The current regulatory framework sets the size and type of vessels for mandatory pilotage, which should be maintained, however some flexibility might be added to the regulatory framework to allow for risk-based mandatory pilotage for some vessels. This will be a culture shift for the pilotage authorities as they usually provide service upon request. Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard can play a role here to identify high risk vessels that should request a pilot.