Oregon Public Utility Commission, Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots

Rule Rule 856-010-0003
Definitions


(1)

“Barge” — A general term for a heavy, flat bottomed, often rectangular vessel used to carry cargo, usually in sheltered and inland waters but also, sometimes at sea; usually pushed or towed by tug. By U.S. Government definition, barges are any non-self propelled vessels other than houseboats and dredges.

(2)

“Loaded tanker” — A tanker whose mean draft equals or exceeds 80 percent of its maximum allowable draft, or whose mean draft exceeds 30 feet.

(3)

“Ocean-going vessel” — Any ship actively engaged in carrying cargo or passengers for hire in offshore navigation between ports.

(4)

“Pilot” — An individual licensed pursuant to ORS Chapter 776 (Maritime Pilots and Pilotage) and any individual who had notified the board that the individual is in a pilot trainee status.

(5)

“Pilotage” — The act or business of piloting. Also the fee paid for a pilot’s services.

(6)

“Piloting” — The act of assisting the master of a vessel in navigating the vessel while it is underway on a pilotage ground.

(7)

“Licensed physician” — Means an individual who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy and has a valid license issued by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners or the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

(8)

“Ship” — A floating, decked vessel that is self-propelled and regularly carries cargo or passengers for hire or is engaged in military purposes in deep water oceanic navigation. Deep water oceanic navigation is navigation in seas beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

(9)

“Ship turn” — For purposes of OAR 856-015-0010 (Original Licensing Requirements)(4), “ship turn” is defined as meaning turning a ship in the Willamette River from a generally upstream orientation to a generally downstream orientation, or from a generally downstream orientation to a generally upstream orientation, which may be made with or without the aid of a tug or towboat.

(10)

“Tank barge” — A barge with double bottoms designed to transport liquids.

(11)

“Tanker” — A vessel specially constructed for carriage of bulk liquids including, but not limited to, petroleum and its products, chemicals and liquified natural gas.

(12)

“Transit” — For purposes of OAR 856-015-0010 (Original Licensing Requirements)(4) a “transit” is a complete trip over part of the Columbia and Willamette River pilotage ground, with one end of the trip at Astoria and the other end at Portland or Vancouver harbor. A transit also includes any combination of trip segments between ports or anchorages, which together begin at Astoria and end at Portland or Vancouver harbor, or begin at Portland or Vancouver and end at Astoria.

(13)

“Trip” — Any instance of travel by a vessel under the direction of a pilot as required by ORS 776.405 (License required) between two points on any of the pilotage grounds defined by 776.025 (Description of bar and river pilotage grounds)(1) through (4).

(14)

“Tug”; “towboat”; “towing vessel” — A commercial vessel of small tonnage which is engaged in or intending to engage in the service of pulling, pushing or towing alongside or any combination of pulling, pushing or towing alongside.

(15)

“Unlimited state-licensed pilot” — An individual who holds an Oregon license to pilot a vessel without any restriction or limitation.

(16)

“Upper harbor in Portland” — That portion of the pilotage ground defined by ORS 776.025 (Description of bar and river pilotage grounds)(2) lying on the Willamette River between the St. Johns Bridge and the Ross Island Bridge.

(17)

“Vessel” — Includes every description of water craft, including nondisplacement craft, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, except that, for the purposes of ORS 776.405 (License required)(1)(a), and the board operations fee authorized by Oregon Laws 2013, Chapter 539, a barge is not a vessel.

(18)

“Working pilot” — An unlimited state-licensed pilot who regularly provides piloting services for compensation pursuant to the published tariff.

(19)

“Pilot apprentice trainee” — For purposes of OAR 856-015-0025 (Apprentice Selection & Training Program - Columbia & Willamette River Pilotage Ground), an individual who does not meet the experience requirements of 856-015-0010 (Original Licensing Requirements)(3) and (4), and who has been certified by the Board to enter the Apprentice Training Program.

(20)

“Pilot trainee” — For purposes of OAR 856-015-0025 (Apprentice Selection & Training Program - Columbia & Willamette River Pilotage Ground) and 856-015-0020 (Pilot Trainee Selection — Columbia River Bar Pilotage Ground), an individual who meets the experience requirements of 856-015-0010 (Original Licensing Requirements)(3) and (4)(a).
(21) For the purposes of ORS 776.600 (Restrictions on licensee’s or trainee’s financial interest in boat or equipment assisting vessel piloted by licensee or trainee)(1)(a), the following definitions apply;
(a) “Vessel Assistance” or “Assisting the vessel,” means:
(A) Use of a vessel;
(B) Through mechanical means for:
(1) Pushing the vessel being piloted;
(2) Pulling the vessel being piloted; or
(3) Towing alongside the vessel being piloted, when the assist vessel is tethered to the vessel being piloted and helping to guide it; and
(C) With navigational changes, or when maneuvering.
(b) Financial Interest means:
(A) Income;
(B) Honoraria or other payment for services;
(C) Equity, including but not limited to:
(1) Stock options; and
(2) Stock, excluding stock in a company that owns boats or equipment assisting ships on the Coos Bay bar pilotage ground or the Yaquina Bay bar pilotage ground and is registered on a national securities exchange; or
(3) Other security representing ownership interests; and
(D) Royalties.
(c) Entering the Bay means:
(A) Transiting from any point along a line drawn from the seaward extremity of the Coos Bay South Jetty to the seaward extremity of the Coos Bay North Jetty;
(B) to a point inside Coos Bay when and where the first mooring line is made fast from the vessel being
(d) Exiting the Bay means:
(A) Departing from a point inside Coos Bay when and where the last mooring line is let go from a terminal or pier to the vessel being piloted;
(B) to any point along a line drawn from the seaward extremity of the Coos Bay South Jetty to the seaward extremity of the Coos Bay North Jetty.
(e) Emergency means:

(A)

An unforeseen development that imposes an immediate hazard to the safety of the vessel, the passengers, the crew, the cargo, property, or the maritime environment, requiring urgent action to remove or mitigate the hazard; or

(B)

A circumstance when a scheduled assist vessel fails to arrive, is impaired, or becomes otherwise unavailable.

(C)

The pilot assigned is unexpectedly, physically or mentally incapacitated, less than 24 hours before the vessel is scheduled to be piloted.

(D)

Any other unforeseen circumstance or unforeseen set of circumstances that will cause a vessel that is scheduled to arrive or sail within 24 hours to miss a tidal window, and which can be mitigated by using an additional assist vessel.
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