A pilotage readiness fee must be paid by all vessels subject to compulsory pilotage, regardless of whether state pilotage is used or not.
The payment obligation applies from when the vessel crosses the boundaries for waters that are subject to fees on approach or departure, or when the vessel takes a state pilot on board outside waters subject to fees.
Vessels that have a state pilot on board shall pay a pilotage service fee in addition to the pilotage readiness fee.
Those liable to pay can pay a pilotage fee in the form of an annual fee instead of paying for each individual passage. The annual fee applies for the entire year and is paid in advance with 1/4 per quarter. Chargeable vessels that mainly sail in waters subjected to dues or between Norwegian ports shall pay pilotage fees in the form of an annual fee.
Details of Pilot Exemption Certificates (PEC) must be reported
Vessels which fulfil the compulsory pilotage by using a Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) have to give information on which PEC the vessel will use on the voyage. The information must be made electronically in SafeSeaNet Norway. Inadequate reporting of which PEC has been used will result in an administration fee of NOK 1 500,-
Rates for pilotage readiness fee from and including 1 March 2022:
For arrival and departure, NOK 1.05 is paid per BT for the first 3,000 BT and NOK 0.87 per BT for the excess tonnage.
- For vessels up to and including 8,000 BT is exempt
- For vessels f.o.m. 8 001 BT t.o.m. 10,000 BT kr 66.84
- For vessels over 10,000 GT NOK 81.32
Example of pilotage readiness fee for vessels of 9,000 GT:
- Arrival (in and out): ((3,000 BT x NOK 1.05) + (6,000 BT x NOK 0.87)) x 2 = NOK 16,740.
- Annual fee for unlimited number of calls: 9,000 BT x NOK 66.84 = NOK 601 560.
For vessels of 9,000 GT, the annual fee corresponds to the fee for 36 calls (72 arrivals and departures). For vessels larger than 10,000 GT, the annual fee corresponds to 46 calls.
Environmental discount - ESI
Vessels registered with 50 points or more on the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) receive a 100 per cent discount in pilotage readiness fees. This applies to both the fee for individual calls and the annual fee.
Registration of ships in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) is done at www.environmentalshipindex.org