Draft law introducing electronic queuing system for pilotage at Russian seaports is available for public discussion (document)
Draft Federal Law “On introduction of amendments into the Federal Law “On seaports in the Russian Federation and introduction of amendments into certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation” in the part of providing pilotage services” is available for public discussion till 27 March 2018 at the Federal Portal for Legal Information.
According to the explanatory note, the Merchant Shipping Code of the Russian Federation provides for designation of areas with obligatory pilotage. Navigation with a pilot is not allowed in such areas with pilotage fees to be set by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.
As of today, none of organizations is obliged to guarantee providing of a pilot to vessels sailing in such areas. So, some pilotage organizations provide services only to large foreign ships as the fee is higher for them as compared with small Russian ships.
The draft law will let set forth the rules and introduce an electronic queuing system that will distribute work between pilotage organizations operating at a seaport.
The draft law complies with the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union and other international agreements of the Russian Federation.
The text of the draft law available at the website of IAA PortNews >>>>