Chapter 14 - PILOTAGE


20.1401 Pilot fees compulsory.

20.1402 Requests for pilots.

20.1403 Determination of fees.

20.1404 Exemption.

20.1405 Payment of fees.

20.1406 Damage to piloted vessel.

20.1407 Clearance by customs and port director.

20.1408 Complaints against pilot- procedure.

20.1409 Applicability of international rules.

20.1410 Observance of regulations.


20.1401  Pilot fees compulsory.

Pilotage is not compulsory, but regular pilot fees shall be charged whether a pilot is employed or not. Pilotage may not be chargeable, however, when the services of a pilot are not available when requested.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1402   Requests for pilots.

(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.


20.1403  Determination of fees.

(a) Pilotage fees shall be based on the draft of a vessel.

(b) Pilotage fees shall be 350 for all vessels, plus an additional fee of $3 per foot of draft or fraction thereof for all vessels over 12 feet. Notwithstanding the above, when the services of a pilot are actually required for a deep draft vessel the minimum charge shall be $100.

(c) Other fees shall be:

(1) moving vessels in harbor: $100 each move;

(2) anchoring: $100 each anchoring;

(3) if in the performance of his duties a pilot is detained by any vessel, a charge shall be made for such detention at the rate of $75 per hour or fraction thereof;

(4) in instances where a pilot is required to accompany a vessel beyond the normal pilot station (one-half mile beyond Whatel Rock Buoy) for any purpose, including interisland pilotage, a charge shall be made at the rate of $50 per hour, and the vessel shall be responsible for the return of the pilot to the port of embarkation:

(5)  the charges provided for waiting shall be applicable only when the services of a pilot have been requested and confirmed, and only when the services of a pilot are actually required;

(6) a pilotage fee of $10 to or from the harbor shall be assessed against all light draft vessels as defined in these regulations if the services of a pilot are not required;

(7)  Yachts of less than 12-foot draft shall be exempt from pilot fees unless the services are actually performed; yachts of over 12-foot draft shall be exempt from one-half the pilot fees unless actual pilot service is rendered;

(8)  pilotage fees for vessels with tows shall be based on the vessel having the deepest draft, and the charge shall be 50% of that charge for each additional vessel or vessels as long as the vessels remain connected together. If the vessels are separated, pilot fees shall be based on the draft of each unit.


History:  1962, PL 7-27; 1972, PL 12-49 § 4.


20.1404     Exemption.

Any vessel that carries passengers or freight, or both, between the islands of American Samoa and any island in the South Pacific Ocean, owned by any person carrying on business in American Samoa and used in connection with such business, and the master of which is a duly authorized pilot for American Samoa, shall be exempt from pilot fees.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1405     Payment of fees.

Pilot fees shall be paid by all vessels prior to departure in accordance with the schedule set forth in 20.1403. All fees must be paid to the Treasurer of American Samoa. Pilots are not authorized to receive fees.


History:  1962, PL 7-27; 1972, PL 12-49 §§ 3, 5.


20.1406 Damage to piloted vessel. 

Masters of vessels shall be responsible for the safety of their vessels at all times. Neither the government of American Samoa or the pilot are responsible for any loss or damage incurred while a vessel is being piloted.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1407  Clearance by customs and Port Director.

A pilot may not conduct a vessel to sea unless the vessel has been regularly cleared by Customs and the Port Director’s office.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1408  Complaints against pilot—Procedure.

Any person having a complaint to make against a pilot shall make such complaint in writing to the Port Director, who shall immediately investigate the complaint and report thereon to the Governor.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1409 Applicability of international rules.

Within the waters of American Samoa, the International Rules for Navigation, modified by local rules and regulations, shall be applicable.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.


20.1410  Observance of regulations.

Pilots will observe all harbor, quarantine and other local regulations.


History: 1962, PL 7-27.