Article 7. Duties Of Pilots of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 5. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 7.
(a) A majority of all of the pilots licensed by the board
shall appoint one pilot to act as port agent to carry out the orders
of the board and other applicable laws, and to otherwise administer
the affairs of the pilots. The appointment is subject to the
confirmation of the board.
(b) The port agent shall be responsible for the general
supervision and management of all matters related to the business and
official duties of pilots licensed by the board.
(c) The port agent shall immediately notify the executive director
of the board of a suspected violation, navigational incident,
misconduct, or other rules violation that is reported to him or her
or to which he or she is a witness. The board shall adopt regulations
for the manner and content of a notice provided pursuant to this
Pilots shall at all times keep, for their exclusive use,
vessels of such description and condition as the board may direct.
Every pilot in charge of a vessel arriving in Monterey Bay
and the Bay of San Francisco, San Pablo, or Suisun, shall safely moor
the vessel in place and position as directed by the master of the
vessel, consistent with safe navigation and not contrary to law.
Every pilot in charge of a vessel leaving the Bays of San
Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun shall pilot it from its point of
departure to a point beyond the San Francisco bar. Every pilot in
charge of a vessel leaving Monterey Bay shall pilot it from its point
of departure to a point westward of the pilotage grounds.
When a pilot goes aboard a vessel, the pilot becomes a
servant of the vessel and its owner and operator. Nothing in this
division exempts the vessel or its owner or operator from liability
to persons or property for damage or loss caused by the vessel or its
operation on the ground that (1) the vessel was piloted by a pilot,
or (2) the damage or loss was incurred as a result of the error,
omission, fault, or neglect of a pilot.
A pilot licensed pursuant to this division shall do all of
(a) Take an oath of office in the manner prescribed by law.
(b) Submit monthly to the board a verified account of all moneys
or other compensation received by the pilot as a result of pilotage
services, or by any other person for the pilot, or on the pilot's
account, on the forms furnished by the board.
(a) The account required pursuant to Section 1136 shall show
all of the following:
(1) The name of each vessel piloted.
(2) The name of each vessel for which pilotage has been charged or
(3) The amount charged to or collected for each vessel.
(4) Any rebates made and allowed and for what amounts.
(5) The amount of the fees and surcharges not collected pursuant
to Section 1193.
(6) The depth of each vessel's draft and its highest gross
(7) Whether the vessel was inward or outward bound.
(b) The board shall record the accounts in full detail in a book
prepared for that purpose. The account book is a public record.
(a) When cruising offshore or standing out to sea, pilots
shall go to the vessel nearest to shore or in the most distress, or
incur a penalty of one hundred dollars ($100). For each refusal by a
pilot to board a vessel when required, a penalty of one hundred
dollars ($100) shall be incurred.
(b) A pilot may be suspended or expelled by the board for a
violation of subdivision (a).
(a) Every pilot boarding a vessel shall exhibit his
commission or license as pilot when requested by the master of such
(b) The board may suspend or revoke the commission or license of a
pilot for refusal to exhibit such commission or license upon the
proper request, and it may impose a liability of fifty dollars ($50)
on the bond of such pilot.