20.1402 Requests for pilots.

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(a) Requests for pilots shall be made to the Port Director.

(b) Inbound Vessel. A pilot cannot always be provided unless the request is made 24 hours before the vessel’s arrival. Once the estimated time of arrival at the pilot station is established, 1 hour of leeway is permissible provided the vessel has contacted the pilot boat by radio 30 minutes before its original estimated time of arrival. The pilot boat will listen on 2182 KCs and channel 16 VHF, 1 hour before and 1 hour after the established time of arrival. Vessels not meeting the above requirement to revise their ETA shall be charged a fee of $75 in addition to the normal pilot fees.

(c) Outbound Vessel. Requests for pilot for outbound vessel should be made 6 hours in advance of sailing. However, the sailing may be delayed without charge for waiting if notice of changed sailing time is made one hour before the original scheduled sailing.

(d) Docking. The port of Pago Pago will normally be open 24 hours per day at the discretion of the Port Director. Whether a vessel shall be allowed to enter and berth during hours of darkness shall be in the discretion of the Port Director.

History: 1962, PL 7-27; 1972, PL 12-49 § 2.