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Section 1127. (Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 177, Sec. 11.)
Cite as: Cal. Harb. & Nav. Code §1127.

(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)Nothing in this section shall 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 31, 1995.

(c)The board shall regulate pilotage on waters of the state as provided in this division.

(d)Every vessel sailing under a coastwise license or appropriately endorsed registry and engaged in the coasting trade between any port of Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun and any other port of the United States is exempt from all pilotage charges unless a pilot or inland pilot is actually employed. Every foreign vessel and every vessel bound between a foreign port and any port of Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun, and every vessel sailing under a register between any port of Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun and any other port of the United States, shall use a pilot or inland 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 300 gross tons and is manufactured and used for private recreation.





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