Section 1156.6. (Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 576, Sec. 4.)
Cite as: Cal. Harb. & Nav. Code §1156.6.
(a)Whenever suspected safety standard violations concerning pilot hoists, pilot ladders, or the proper rigging of pilot hoists or pilot ladders are reported to the board, the executive director shall assign a commission investigator to personally inspect the equipment for its compliance with the relevant safety standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization. The commission investigator shall report preliminary conclusions, including an assessment of the equipment’s compliance with the relevant safety standards, to the executive director as soon as possible. If, in the preliminary report, the equipment is found to be in violation, or in likely violation in the opinion of the commission investigator, of the relevant safety standards, the executive director shall immediately alert the cognizant United States Coast Guard office. The commission investigator shall submit a written report to the incident review committee as established by subdivision (a) of Section 1180.3 that shall remain confidential until reported to the board. The incident review committee, in turn, shall report its findings and recommendations, if any, to the board. The board shall receive the incident review committee’s findings, which may include other reports, information, or statements from interested parties. The board shall specify, by regulation, the information that shall be contained in the report.
(b)This section applies to the pilotage grounds, as defined in Section 1114.5. Whenever a vessel passes outside of the pilotage grounds, the commission investigator’s report shall include that fact along with a description of the incident.
(c)The record of the investigation and the board’s findings and recommendations, if any, shall be a public record maintained by the board.