Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 148, Number 23: Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Regulations

June 7, 2014

Statutory authority

Pilotage Act

Sponsoring agency

Pacific Pilotage Authority


(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)


After the Pacific Pilotage Regulations (the Regulations) were reviewed, the following issues were found:


The Authority is a financially autonomous Crown corporation whose role is to establish, operate, maintain and administer in the interests of safety an efficient and economical pilotage service within all coastal waters of the west coast of Canada, including the Fraser River. Section 20 of the Pilotage Act (the Act) enables the Authority to make regulations with the approval of the Governor in Council for the attainment of its objectives.


The primary objective is to ensure that these proposed amendments meet the Authority's mandate of providing a safe and efficient marine pilotage service on the Pacific coast of Canada.

The proposed amendments would also


The proposed amendments ensure that the Regulations reflect the recent changes to the GPR by amending section 5, “Certificates.” Reference to subsection 10(4) would be changed to subsection 10(1) and reference to section 11 would be deleted as this section has been repealed in the GPR.

In section 3 of the Regulations, the 12th coordinate (52°31′24″ N; 133°04′36″ W) in the description for coastal pilotage area 5 should read 53°31′24″ N; 133°04′36″ W.

The proposed amendment to section 29, “Marine Occurrence Report,” is required to rectify an error that occurred in the last amendment where “licensed pilot” was omitted from the Regulations. By adding the requirement for licensed pilots to submit a marine occurrence report to the Authority, this omission will be rectified.

Section 14, “Source Cards,” is to be removed in its entirety. The Authority is moving towards electronic source cards which will make redundant the requirement to complete the source card and have it signed by the master. With respect to the removal of section 14, there will be a benefit to the Authority by streamlining the administration of the cards and for the industry the benefit is a more timely invoice. The industry often complains that the invoice is sometimes not received until up to five days after the ship has departed, which makes the Authority's job of getting the funds more difficult. The reason for this is that pilots often go from assignment to assignment and the Authority only gets the source cards once they return to their home base, which could be three days after they have left. With the move to electronic source cards, industry will get the invoice within 48 hours.

“One-for-One” Rule

The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply to this proposal, as there is no change in administrative costs to business.

Small business lens

The small business lens does not apply to this proposal.


Consultation with the various stakeholders began in 2012 with a discussion paper on the proposed regulatory changes being provided to all the affected parties on the West Coast, including the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, its members and its non-members, the Council of Marine Carriers, the British Columbia Coast Pilots Limited and the Fraser River Pilots.


For all of the amendments, retention of the status quo is not an acceptable alternative and was rejected as an option. A revision was the only practical alternative in order to ensure that the Regulations were brought into line with recent legislative and regulatory reform, as well as to identify and meet stakeholder and Authority needs and concerns.

These changes do not have any costs associated with them and there will be no additional cost to the industry as a result of these changes.

These proposed amendments do not have any impact on the environment.

Implementation, enforcement, and service standards

Compliance with the amended Regulations would be monitored and overseen by the Authority in co-operation with the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Services, Transport Canada Ship Safety Officers, the British Columbia Coast Pilots Limited and the agents representing the vessels calling at west coast ports.

Section 47 of the Act provides that, except where an Authority waives compulsory pilotage, the owner, master or the person in charge of a ship subject to compulsory pilotage that proceeds through a compulsory pilotage area not under the conduct of a licensed pilot or the holder of a pilotage certificate is guilty of an offence.

Section 48 of the Act stipulates that every person who contravenes or fails to comply with the Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.


Kevin Obermeyer
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Pilotage Authority
1000–1130 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6E 4A4
Telephone: 604-666-6771
Fax: 604-666-1647


Notice is given, pursuant to subsection 20(3) of the Pilotage Act (see footnote a), that the Pacific Pilotage Authority, pursuant to subsection 20(1) of that Act, proposes to make the annexed Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Regulations.

Interested persons who have reason to believe that a provision of the proposed Regulations that establishes a compulsory pilotage area or that prescribes the qualifications that a holder of any class of licence or any class of pilotage certificate shall meet is not in the public interest may, pursuant to subsection 21(1) of the Pilotage Act (see footnote b), file a notice of objection setting out the grounds for the objection with the Minister of Transport within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. In addition, interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations to the Minister of Transport within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.

Each notice of objection or representation must be clearly marked as a notice of objection or representation, cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice and be sent to Julie Bédard, Acting Executive Director, Marine Personnel Standards, Pilotage and Medicine, Marine Safety and Security Directorate, Department of Transport, Place de Ville, Tower C, 8th Floor, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5 (tel.: 613-993-9706; fax: 613-990-1538; email:

Vancouver, May 30, 2014

Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Pilotage Authority



1. Paragraph 3(e) of the Pacific Pilotage Regulations (see footnote 1) is amended by replacing “Latitude 52°31′24″ N.” with “Latitude 53°31′24″ N.”.

2. The portion of section 5 of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

5. In addition to the certificates required by subsection 10(1) of the General Pilotage Regulations, an applicant for or a holder of a licence or a pilotage certificate shall hold a training certificate indicating that they have successfully completed a course approved in accordance with section 114 of the Marine Personnel Regulations

3. Section 14 of the Regulations and the heading before it are repealed.

4. Section 29 of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

29. (1) If a ship that is subject to compulsory pilotage is involved in a marine occurrence in a compulsory pilotage area while a licensed pilot has the conduct of the ship, the licensed pilot and the master shall each submit a full report on the marine occurrence to the Authority on a form provided by the Authority for that use.

(2) If a ship that is subject to compulsory pilotage or a ship in respect of which a waiver has been granted is involved in a marine occurrence in a compulsory pilotage area while a deck watch officer has the conduct of the ship, the deck watch officer and the master shall each submit a full report on the marine occurrence to the Authority on a form provided by the Authority for that use. Only one report is required if the deck watch officer was the master.

(3) A person who is required under subsection (1) or (2) to submit a full report on a marine occurrence shall do so

(4) The Authority shall grant an additional period of time if the Authority is notified within 72 hours after the marine occurrence that the person is unable to submit the report within those 72 hours because the person was injured in the marine occurrence or because the person is in a remote location that does not have a scheduled transportation service or a communication system that can be used to submit the report.


5. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.