46 U.S. Code § 8502. Federal pilots required
Historical and Revision Notes
Source section (U.S. Code)
Section 8502 sets forth the provisions and requirements for pilots licensed under section 7101. It is an exception provided by law envisioned under section 8501(a).
Subsection (a) applies the requirement for a Federal pilot to coastwise seagoing vessels if propelled by machinery and inspected under part B or if inspected under chapter 37, including a tank barge. The section has been carefully worded to clearly set out those vessels that are required at times to have a Federal pilot.
Subsection (b) prohibits Federal pilot fees from being higher than those required for State pilots. Subsections (c) and (d) prohibit States from imposing impediments to the proper performance of, or levying charges related to, Federal pilotage.
Subsections (e) and (f) prescribe civil penalties for violation of this section.
1998—Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 105–383 substituted “not beyond 3 nautical miles from the baselines from which the territorial sea of the United States is measured” for “not on the high seas”.
1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–595, § 307(1), substituted “subsections (g) and (i)” for “subsection (g)” in introductory provisions.
Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 101–380, § 4302(g), substituted “$10,000” for “$500”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 101–380, § 4116(a), amended subsec. (g) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (g) read as follows: “The Secretary shall designate by regulation the areas of the approaches to and waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska, on which a vessel subject to this section is not required to be under the direction and control of a pilot licensed under section 7101 of this title.”
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 101–380, § 4116(b), added subsec. (h).
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 101–595, § 307(2), added subsec. (i).
1986—Subsec. (a)(4)(A). Pub. L. 99–307 substituted “part” for “Part”.
1984—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–557, § 29(f)(1), amended subsec. (a) generally, which prior to amendment read as follows: “A coastwise seagoing vessel, when not sailing on register and when underway (except on the high seas), shall be under the direction and control of a pilot licensed under section 7101 of this title if the vessel is—
“(1) propelled by machinery and subject to inspection under part B of this subtitle; or
“(2) subject to inspection under chapter 37 of this title.”
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 98–557, § 29(f)(2), added subsec. (g).
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–380 applicable to incidents occurring after Aug. 18, 1990, see section 1020 of Pub. L. 101–380, set out as an Effective Date note under section 2701 of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
For extension of territorial sea of United States, see Proc. No. 5928, set out as a note under section 1331 of Title 43, Public Lands.