Article 6. Exempt Vessels And Vessels Liable For Pilotage of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 5. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 6.
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that it is the policy
of the state to ensure the safety of persons, property, and vessels
using the waters of Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San
Pablo, and Suisun and to avoid damage to those waters and surrounding
ecosystems as a result of vessel collision or damage by providing
competent, efficient, and regulated pilotage for vessels required by
this division to secure pilotage services.
(b) This section does not supersede, modify, or otherwise alter
pilot practices that are not safety related, including, but not
limited to, the determination of rates charged for pilot services or
employer-employee relationships for individuals, agencies, or
organizations involved in providing pilotage services between any
port of Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and
Suisun and any other port of the United States that is in existence
on December 31, 1995, or otherwise abridge the authority of local
port or harbor districts relating to pilotage in effect on December
(c) The board shall regulate pilotage on waters of the state as
provided in this division.
(d) A vessel sailing under a coastwise license or appropriately
endorsed registry and engaged in the coasting trade between a port of
Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun
and another port of the United States is exempt from all pilotage
charges unless a pilot is actually employed. A foreign vessel and a
vessel bound between a foreign port and a port of Monterey Bay and
the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun, and a vessel
sailing under a register between a port of Monterey Bay and the Bays
of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun and another port of the
United States, shall use a pilot holding a license issued pursuant to
this division, except as otherwise provided by law.
(e) Subdivision (d) does not apply to a vessel that is less than
750 gross tons and is manufactured and used for private recreation.
Any nonself-propelled vessel in tow of a tug within Monterey
Bay and the Bay of San Francisco, San Pablo, or Suisun, or between
those bays, is exempt from pilotage charges unless a pilot is