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Exempt vessels.

(1) Under the authority of RCW 88.16.070, application may be made to the board of pilotage commissioners to seek exemption from the pilotage requirements for the operation of a limited class of small passenger vessels, which are not more than five hundred gross tons (international), do not exceed two hundred feet in length, and are operated exclusively in the waters of the Puget Sound pilotage district and lower British Columbia, or yachts, which are not more than seven hundred fifty gross tons (international), and do not exceed two hundred feet in length. For purposes of this section, any vessel carrying passengers for a fee, including yachts under charter where both the vessel and crew are provided for a fee, shall be considered a passenger vessel.
The owners or operators of the vessel for which exemption is sought must:
(a) Complete and file with the board a petition requesting an exemption at least forty-eight hours prior to planned vessel operations where possible. Petitions filed with less than forty-eight hours notice may be considered by the chair at the chair's discretion on a board-approved form. The form shall include a description of the vessel, the contemplated use of vessel, the proposed area of operation, the names and addresses of the vessel's owner and operator, the areas and dates of planned operations, and such other information as the board shall require.
(b) Pay the appropriate initial application or renewal fee with the submittal of the petition, which is listed in subsection (5) of this section.
(2) All petitions for exemption filed with the board shall be considered at its next regularly or specially scheduled meeting. Consistent with the public interest, the chair may grant an interim exemption to a petitioner subject to final approval at the next board meeting, where special time or other conditions exist.
(3)Any grant of an exemption, including interim exemptions, may contain such conditions as the board, or in the case of an interim exemption, the chair, deems necessary to protect the public interest in order to prevent the loss of human life and property and to protect the marine environment of the state of Washington.
Such conditions may include: A requirement that the vessel employ the services of a pilot on its initial voyage into state pilotage waters; and/or that the master of the vessel at all times hold as a minimum, a United States government license as a master of ocean or near coastal steam or motor vessels of not more than sixteen hundred gross tons or as a master of inland steam or motor vessels of not more than five hundred gross tons, such license to include a current radar endorsement; and/or that the vessel possess specific navigational charts, publications and navigational equipment necessary to ensure safe operation.
(4) The board shall annually, or at any other time when in the public interest, review any exemptions granted to the specified class of small vessels to ensure that each exempted vessel remains in compliance with the original exemption and any conditions to the exemption. The board shall have the authority to revoke such exemption when there is not continued compliance with the requirements for exemption.
(5) Fee Schedule for Petitioners for Exemption
 
3 Months
or Less
1 Year
or Less
 
Annual
Renewal
A. Yachts
 
 
 
 
Up to and including 50 feet LOA
$50
 
$50
 
$50
 
Up to and including 100 feet LOA
450
 
750
 
300
 
Up to and including 200 feet LOA
750
 
1125
 
450
 
B. Passenger Vessels
Up to and including 100 feet LOA
1125
 
1500
 
600
 
Up to and including 200 feet LOA
1500
 
1500
 
750
 
(6) Petitions for annual renewals must be submitted within one year of the expiration of the previous exemption.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW. WSR 12-21-077, § 363-116-360, filed 10/19/12, effective 11/19/12; WSR 10-24-085, § 363-116-360, filed 11/30/10, effective 12/31/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.070 and 1995 c 174. WSR 97-12-018, § 363-116-360, filed 5/28/97, effective 6/28/97. WSR 97-08-042, recodified as § 363-116-360, filed 3/28/97, effective 3/28/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 88.16.070. WSR 93-07-077, § 296-116-360, filed 3/18/93, effective 4/18/93; WSR 90-20-039, § 296-116-360, filed 9/25/90, effective 10/26/90; WSR 88-09-015 (Order 88-6, Resolution No. 88-6), § 296-116-360, filed 4/13/88.]
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