995 CMR 4.18 - 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, at all times while on duty, have with him either his original Commission or a notarized copy of said Commission.
(3) Each Pilot shall engage in providing pilotage services to a vessel by acting as "a person in addition to crew", and should avoid taking full control of the steering or engines except in times of emergency.
(4) Each Pilot, immediately upon boarding a vessel upon which he/she is to perform pilotage services shall:
(a) Engage in a Master/Pilot Conference to establish or confirm the Voyage Plan that the Pilot intends to maintain while engaged in pilotage services to such vessel;
(b) If the Pilot intends to temporarily install a personal navigation system, then he or she shall do so fully before taking charge of such vessel; and
(c) Exhibit his or her Commission to 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, or the restrictions on vessel type 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 cause each vessel carrying alien passengers and each vessel subject to quarantine to anchor at the place assigned by the proper authorities.
(7) Each Pilot shall, at all times while performing pilotage services, comply with all Code of Federal Regulations for navigation and shipping (33 CFR and 46 CFR), international conventions, Captain of the Port Orders and other requirements of the proper authorities.
(8) Each Pilot shall, at all time while performing pilotage services or otherwise on duty shall refrain from using abusive or insulting language or threatening conduct.
(9) Each Pilot shall, at all time 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 materials.
(10) Each Pilot shall perform a reasonable and fair share of all pilotage duties, winter and summer, day and night, unless prevented by illness or other causes satisfactory to the Commissioner.
(11) No Pilot may, once having boarded the vessel for the purpose of performing pilotage services, leave the vessel:
(a) On a transit passage until outside the destination's outer navigational markers;
(b) On a outbound passage until safely outside the harbor or adjacent water's outer navigational markers;
(c) On an inbound passage until the vessel has been safety anchored or secured to a terminal; or
(d) Unless the Master of said vessel has approved his or her departure and noted his or her approval in writing, provided however that the 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 4.18

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