[QUOTE=freighterman;191787][I][B]I forget the tonnage limit, but U.S. vessels transiting the Inside Passage on innocent passage can get a waiver for pilotage[/B][/I], if they apply to the BC Pacific Pilotage Authority. It’s done yearly. You send a list of your deck officers, and copies of their current licenses, with a cover letter attesting they are all experienced on the Inside passage. The PPA sends you a letter back saying you are good to go for the year. No testing, no fees.
The company I work for just got notified this week by the PPA that we needed to contact them and certify AGAIN that all our deck officers had the required experienced as spelled out in Canadian regulations. I’m sure everyone else the gets the waiver was contacted also. This obviously was a result of the the Nathan Stewart grounding. If that is all that results from the grounding in regards to U.S. vessels transiting Canadian waters I’ll be grateful.
I should point out to those who haven’t been on the Inside Passage that grounding is not unusual. The way I explain it to new people is that you have two depths on the Inside Passage: 300 feet, or hole in the bottom of the boat. No transition. Solid granite coastline, not a speck of sand or mud to be found. But usually when you ground on the Inside little or no oil leaks as a result, and the Canadian Coast Guard is much more forgiving than the USCG when it comes to the grounding itself. But like everyplace else, leak a lot of oil and it is another story altogether.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for your info.
I found this article, which appears to say the limit for tankers are 40000 DWT and that all tanker ATBs are below that limit: http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/tanker-barges-bc-coast
I have never sailed the BC Inland Passage, but I believe it is not unlike the passage along the Norwegian west coast, where pilotage is compulsory for vessel exceeding 70 m. LOA: http://www.kystverket.no/en/EN_Maritime-Services/Pilot-Services/Compulsory-pilotage/
Unless the Master and Officers are granted exemptions after passing a test: http://www.kystverket.no/en/EN_Maritime-Services/Pilot-Exemption-Certificate/