Harbours Act, 1996

Pilotage charges.

64.—(1) A company may, in respect of pilotage services that are provided by pilots in its pilotage district, impose charges (in this Part referred to as “pilotage charges”) at such rates as are from time to time determined by it.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the pilotage charges that may be imposed under this section shall include—

(a) pilotage charges by way of penalties payable in cases where the estimated time of arrival or departure of a ship is not notified as required by bye-laws made by the company under section 71 or where a ship does not arrive or depart at the time notified in accordance with such bye-laws, and

(b) pilotage charges in respect of the cost of providing, maintaining and operating pilot boats for the pilotage district.

(3) Different rates of pilotage charges may be imposed by a company in different circumstances.

(4) Pilotage charges shall be recoverable by—

(a) the company concerned, or

(b) if a pilotage agreement provides that the licensed pilots for its pilotage district shall recover pilotage charges in that pilotage district, those licensed pilots,

from the person on whom they are imposed as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.