995 CMR 2.15 - Duties of Pilots

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) Pilots shall at all times perform their duties in a professional and workmanlike manner, exercising reasonable care under the circumstances, attentive and faithful to their duties, and exercising unimpaired judgment.
(2) Each Pilot shall be liable for all damages accruing from his or her negligence, unskillfulness, unfaithfulness or misconduct.
(3) Each Pilot shall, at all times while on duty, have with him or her either his or her original Commission or a copy of said Commission certified by one of the Commissioners.
(4) Each Pilot, immediately upon boarding any vessel upon which he or she is to perform pilotage services, shall:
(a) inform the Master and any person in charge of the navigation of such vessel of any restriction in said Pilot's Commission; and
(b) exhibit his or her Commission to said Master if requested by said Master.
(5) A Pilot may not perform pilotage services on, or take charge of, any vessel which draws more water than the Commission of said Pilot authorizes or which exceeds in any respect the limits contained in the Commission of said Pilot.
(6) Each Pilot shall, at all times while performing pilotage services, comply with all applicable statutes, regulations, international conventions, Captain of the Port orders and other requirements of the proper authorities.
(7) Each Pilot shall, at all times while performing pilotage services or otherwise on duty refrain from using abusive or insulting language or threatening conduct.
(8) Each Pilot shall, at all times while performing pilotage services or otherwise on duty, be unimpaired by illness or by any mental or physical condition or by the use of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, chemicals or other similar material.
(9) Each Pilot shall perform a reasonable and fair share of all pilotage duties, winter and summer, day and night, unless prevented by illness or by other causes satisfactory to the Commissioners.
(10) No Pilot may, once having boarded a vessel for the purpose of performing pilotage services, leave such vessel:
(a) on an outbound voyage until the vessel has safely passed the harbor limits;
(b) on an inbound voyage until the vessel has been safely anchored or secured at a terminal; or
(c) unless the Master of said vessel has approved his or her departure and noted his or her approval in writing, provided however that a Pilot may leave said vessel:
1.if he or she is replaced prior to leaving by a Pilot holding an equal or greater Commission; or
2.in the event of a medical or other emergency.


995 CMR 2.15
Amended by Mass Register Issue 1378, eff. 11/16/2018.

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