In 2012, the KVNR agreed to a new national pilot fee structure, on condition that small seagoing vessels be exempt. Furthermore, with the introduction of the new structure on 1 January 2014, so-called ‘cross-financing’ of pilot fees was largely abolished. This meant that almost every port covered their costs with their pilotage services.
A proposed revision of the pilotage regulations – called New Style Pilotage – would replace the use of permits and exemptions with Pilot Exemption Certificates (PECs).
Contrary to the current system, where only the type of vessel is looked at, New Style Pilotage would take the skills of the captain into account. What’s more, the current system operates regionally, while the new system would work on the national level.
Therefore, depending on the type of ship for which he has obtained certification, a captain holding a PEC can enter a port without a pilot.