9.1 GHT is the competent harbour authority for the Gloucester Harbour pursuant to the 1987 Act and has powers and duties under that Act. Guidance on the exercise of these powers is contained in the PMSC.
9.2 GHT has made a Pilotage Direction pursuant to section 7 of the 1987 Act under which pilotage is compulsory for all vessels navigating within the Gloucester Harbour except:-
a) a vessel with a deadweight tonnage of less than 100 tonnes or
b) a vessel whose notional superficial area calculated by multiplying its overall length by extreme breadth is less than 200 square metres (In the case of a towed vessel the sum of the notional areas of the towing and towed vessels shall determine whether or not the criteria for compulsory pilotage are met.)
PROVIDED in relation to a) and b) above the vessel is not carrying dangerous or polluting goods or more than 12 passengers
c) vessels of less than 20 metres in length or fishing vessels of less than 47.5 metres (both of which are exempt under the 1987 Act).
9.3 GHT currently authorise four persons as pilots pursuant to the section 3 of the 1987 Act. GHT have an Agreement with the four authorised pilots (trading as the Gloucester Pilotage Partnership) under which they provide pilotage services within the Gloucester Harbour on behalf of the Trustees. This Agreement continues until 31 March 2004.
9.4 GHT also issue pilotage exemption certificates (currently two) pursuant to section 8 of the 1987 Act. The criteria, which must be met before a pilotage exemption certificate will be issued, is set out in the Pilotage Direction referred to in paragraph 9.2 above. The PMSC also gives guidance on the issue of such licences.
9.5 GHT has fixed pilotage charges for vessels being piloted within the Gloucester Harbour pursuant to section 10 of the 1987 Act.
9.6 GHT have an arrangement with the Bristol Port Company whereby Gloucester Pilots board and land at Barry Roads using the Bristol Pilot Cutter based at Barry. The cost of the boarding and landing is recouped in the pilotage charges.
9.7 GHT also have an arrangement with Associated Bristol Ports whereby the Gloucester Pilots have the use of the Pilots Lodge at Barry. The cost of providing this facility is also recouped in the pilotage charges
POLICY PIL 1
GHT will, as far as is operationally feasible in accordance with its statutory duties and the guidance given in the PMSC, provide pilotage services for vessels navigating within the Gloucester Harbour on an as and when needed basis.
POLICY PIL 2
GHT will, when fixing the number of authorised pilots, have regard to the demand for the time being for pilotage and the guidance given in the PMSC.
POLICY PIL 3
GHT will be prepared to issue pilotage exemption certificates to masters of vessels who meet the criteria set out in the Pilotage Direction referred to in paragraph 9.2 above and the guidance given in the PMSC.
POLICY PIL 4
GHT will, when fixing pilotage charges have regard to:-
a) the guidance given in the PMSC and subject thereto
b) the need to provide Gloucester Pilots with a reasonable return for their services
c) the need for Sharpness to remain competitive with other Ports and Harbours
d) their responsibilities towards their stakeholders.
POLICY PIL 5
GHT will, for the foreseeable future, continue to use:
a) the services of the Bristol pilot cutters under its Agreement with the Bristol Port Company
b) the services of the Pilots Lodge at Barry under its Agreement with Associated British Ports
c) the pilotage services provided by the Gloucester Pilots Partnership under the Agreement which GHT has with the Partnership which continues until 31 March 2004.
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