If I have St. Lawrence Seaway Pilotage (Welland Canal, St. Lawrence River, etc.) what fees are I am required to pay to sail through the seaway with a vessel that would normally take on a local pilot?
I certainly don’t know what the fees are, it probably depends on the size and type of vessel, but I do think you would still be required to take a local pilot, unless it’s a yacht or tugboat.
It is a small overnight passenger ship. We are currently required to take on a pilot, just seeing if we had someone with pilotage if we would still be required to take on the local pilot.
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I’m not in the Geat Lakes. I do not know anything about treaties between the US and Canada that are specific to the Great Lakes and the Seaway.
Generally speaking, I do not see why a small (probably, 99 GRT) US vessel documented for the coastwise trade would need a pilot in US waters. I can see where a pilot, or someone with a pilotage waiver or exemption, might be required in Canada.
See: Great Lakes-seaway.com , and the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority website.
Following two US flag tugboat incidents in British Columbia, the Canadian Government is re-evaluating it’s pilotage system and requirements, nationwide. There are a variety of new proposals. So pilotage requirements will be changing. The Pacific Pilotage Authority implemented new emergency rules tightening up navigation practices, restricting routes, and tightening the issuance of pilotage waivers. I don’t know the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority rules.
I think you will find a reasonable and cost effective resolution to your problem. It may include employing someone with a Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, pilotage waiver.
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As for the pilotage, if you have a guy with the license he should be good to go (includes Canadian ports) provided the vessel is not under register. It would be the same anywhere else.
You might have that info already though. Blount used to send the Niagara Prince and the Mayan Prince up into the lakes through the Erie Canal.