How to get a Pilot Exemption Certificate

1. LOG IN:

You need a user account in SafeSeaNet Norway (www.shiprep.no) to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Guide to create account: PDF (1,6mb)

2. Create Application

Application criteria

Class 3 (§ 10)

Is available for use on board vessels no longer than 100 meters, equipped with ECDIS and do not hold any heavy oils, dangerous or polluting cargo on board.

The company who wants to make use of class 3 certificates shall apply to the NCA. The application must document that the vessels comply with the criteria above, and it must also document the companys system of navigator development.

The candidate must have a navigators certificate. And fulfill at least on of the following criteria:

a) have at least one year of effective sea duty on the Norwegian coast as a responsible duty officer on the bridge, including sea duty during the last five years from the fairways or areas for which a pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or

b) have completed the trainee pilot exemption certificate programme for the fairways or areas for which an application has been submitted during the last five years, cf. Sections 20–22, or

c) during the last 12 months, must have been in charge of the navigation of at least five voyages in each direction in the fairways or areas for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted. The voyages must have been made by the vessel or vessels for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or a corresponding vessel, and at least two of the voyages in each direction must have been at night.

The NCA can issue a class 3 certificate to candidates who pass a PEC-exam with an assessor. The assessors will submit his evaluation to the NCA attached the necessary documents regarding the candidates, ie navigators certificate, attestation of experience, discharge book etc. The assessor submits this through SSN Norway.

The NCA issues the certificate directly to the candidate in his/her SSN Norway user account.

In order to obtain a class 3 PEC you therefore need to contact an assessor and make your arrangements with him/her. You must have a user account in SSN Norway (www.shiprep.no ). Visit SSN Norway and create an account when you are ready.

Class 2 (§ 11)

The NCA can issue a class 2 certificate to candidates who pass a PEC-exam conducted by a Norwegian Pilot.

The candidate must have a navigators certificate. And fulfill at least on of the following criteria:

a) have at least one year of effective sea duty on the Norwegian coast as a responsible duty officer on the bridge, including sea duty during the last five years from the fairways or areas for which a pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or

b) have completed the trainee pilot exemption certificate programme for the fairways or areas for which an application has been submitted during the last five years, cf. Sections 20–22, or

c) during the last 12 months, must have been in charge of the navigation of at least five voyages in each direction in the fairways or areas for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted. The voyages must have been made by the vessel or vessels for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or a corresponding vessel, and at least two of the voyages in each direction must have been at night.

Class 1 (§ 12)

Experienced deck officers can apply for a pilot exemption certificate that gives entitlement to rights in fairways with local restrictions, beyond class 2 and 3 pilot exemption certificates.

The NCA can issue a class 1 certificate to candidates who pass a PEC-exam conducted by a Norwegian Pilot.

The candidate must have a navigators certificate. And fulfill at least on of the following criteria:

a) at least three years of effective sea duty on the Norwegian coast as a responsible duty officer on the bridge, including sea duty during the last five years from the fairways or areas for which a pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or

b) during the last 12 months, must have been in charge of the navigation of at least ten voyages in each direction in the fairways or areas for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted. The voyages must have been made by the vessel or vessels

for which the pilot exemption certificate application has been submitted, or a corresponding vessel, and at least two of the voyages in each direction must have been at night.

The PEC Examination (§ 13)

By passing the test the candidate has demonstrated the required skill set and abilities to navigate safely in the area covered by exam.

The NCA has determined a set of representative exams ("General exams" in SSN Norway). These exams are normally over a longer distance and gives the candidate the ability to be examined in a larger area. The coverage of the general exams extends greatly outside the ships exam-route. General exams are not available for class 1 – each class 1 area requires it’s own exam.

The NCA may require the PEC-exam to be conducted during night. If this applies to your exam you will be informed when you try to order a pilot for the exam. No class 3 exams are currently requiring it to be done at night.

An examination must be taken in order to obtain and extend a pilot exemption certificate.

During Examination. The applicant shall demonstrate adequate knowledge of and skills in:

a) Coastal navigation methods, including knowledge of the nature of the waters, as well as the markers and beacons, traffic conditions, ports and anchorage sites in the relevant areas

b) Current conditions and other conditions of significance to safe navigation and manoeuvring, including areas where shallow water effects must be anticipated

c) For the vessel or vessels for which the pilot exemption certificate application is submitted, the equipment, manoeuvrability characteristics, cargo capacity and the types of cargoes the vessel is certified to carry

d) Coastal route planning and an understanding of nautical charts

e) Applicable regulations for the relevant areas, including navigation rules and reporting requirements

f) Matters of significance to safety and the environment in the relevant areas, including local emergency preparedness in the event of an accident

g) English language skills that enable problem-free communication

h) Manoeuvring of the relevant vessel type

i) Visual navigation, including correct use of beacons and markers

j) Radar navigation and correct use of the vessel's other navigational aids

k) Communication and interaction on the bridge

l) Use of tugboats as required

* If the examination is not passed, a new examination cannot be taken until four weeks later. If the candidate, does not demonstrate adequate practical skills, a new examination cannot be taken until the applicant has also completed two new voyages in the area or fairway.

Prepare for the exam

(3. for class 1: Restrictions regardin pilot operations (English translation is being prepared, currently only norwegian version available)

Ordering a pilot for class 1 or 2 exams

When the NCA has answered your PEC application, and you are required to undertake an exam, you may order a pilot to conduct the exam. You must use the voyage reporting in Safe-Sea-Net Norway (www.shiprep.no). When you register a voyage in SafeSeaNet Norway you must select the option "Register PEC exam candidate" and fill in required information for the pilotdispatcher. When the order is placed you will receive confirmations and updates regarding the order via e-mail.

PS: If it is the captain that is to conduct the exam you will need pilotage in addition to the test. Use the option "Order pilot" in stead of "Use PEC" if this is the case.

Pilot demand is high. You should register you order for an exam as early as possible.

New vessel - Amendment of the pilot exemption certificate

Upon application, the pilot exemption certificate may be amended to apply to one or more other specific vessels of a similar type and size as that for which the pilot exemption certificate applies, without being required to take a new examination (pursuant to Section 14). If the vessel you apply for your PEC is significantly different in type of operation or size than the vessels you are familiar with the NCA may request you to undertake a period of familiarization before you may have this vessel included in your PEC.

Validity and renewal

A person who is not qualified to obtain a pilot exemption certificate can apply for a trainee pilot exemption certificate from the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The Cadet PEC is valid for three years and can not be renewed. Please read more on this on the page "The Cadet-PEC arrangement".

Source: www.kystverket.no

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