Article 8. State Certified Pilotage of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 5. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 8.
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide for a
unified system of state regulated pilotage for Monterey Bay and the
Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that unified pilotage will
be beneficial to the safety of people, vessels, and property using
those bays and tributaries.
(c) The Legislature further finds and declares that unified
systems of regulated pilotage are common to the ports of the world
and are most familiar to, and best able to serve, both foreign and
(a) Each pilot license shall be valid for a period of one
year and shall be renewed upon application and successful completion
of the physical examination required by Section 1176.
(b) A pilot license shall not be renewed if the pilot possessing
the license does not actively pilot vessels for any consecutive
period of one year, unless the board determines the pilot is
qualified and makes one of the following findings:
(1) The pilot has presented satisfactory proof of medical
disability during that period.
(2) The board has granted the pilot a leave of absence without pay
during that period.
(3) The pilot has been serving as port agent under Section 1130.
(c) A pilot licensee shall at all times hold an active and proper
license to pilot vessels on the waters on which the pilot operates.
(d) The board may revoke or suspend the license of any pilot who
does not use proper equipment maintained exclusively for pilotage or
who operates on territorial waters not described in the license. This
subdivision shall not be construed to require the use of a pilot
boat in order to provide pilotage services for Monterey Bay.
Any continuing education program adopted by the board shall
regularly inform pilots of the hazards of fatigue and of effective
strategies to prevent fatigue while on duty.
A pilot shall refuse a pilotage assignment if he or she is
physically or mentally fatigued and has a reasonable belief that the
assignment cannot be carried out in a competent and safe manner.