Port of Singapore Authority Act
(Chapter 236, Section 98)
Port of Singapore Authority (Pilotage) Regulations
Rg 4
REVISED EDITION 1990
(25th March 1992)
[20th August 1976]
Citation
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Port of Singapore Authority (Pilotage) Regulations and shall apply to the Pilotage District of Singapore declared by the Port of Singapore Authority under section 83(1) of the Port of Singapore Authority Act.
Definitions
2.  In these Regulations —
“Collision Regulations” means the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Collisions at Sea) Regulations;
[Rg 10.]
“dangerous goods” means goods classified as dangerous by regulations made under section 66 of the Act;
“pilot” means a pilot employed by the Authority pursuant to section 86 of the Act;
“Superintendent (Pilotage)” means the Superintendent (Pilotage) appointed under regulation 3 and includes any Deputy Superintendent (Pilotage).
Appointment of Superintendent (Pilotage) and Deputies
3.—(1)  The Authority shall appoint a Superintendent (Pilotage) whose duty it shall be to superintend and regulate the pilots and to see that the requirements of the Pilotage Committee and of the Port Master are carried out.
(2)  The Authority may appoint such number of Deputy Superintendents (Pilotage) as it may think fit for all or any of the purposes of these Regulations.
Duty to exhibit required flags and lights
4.—(1)  (a)  During the hours between 0700 hours and 1900 hours, any vessel when engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit a red and white flag showing the letter “P” coloured blue in the centre thereof. Such flag shall be divided horizontally with the upper half of the flag coloured white and the lower half coloured red and shall be 1.8 metres by 1.2 metres in size.

(b)During the hours between 1900 hours and 0700 hours, such vessel shall exhibit at or near the masthead two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper light being white and the lower red.

(c)It is the duty of the master of a vessel engaged on pilotage duty to ensure that the flag and lights are appropriately exhibited.

(2)  (a)  During the hours between 0700 hours and 1900 hours, any vessel requiring the service of a pilot shall exhibit the flag “G” of the International Code of Signals 1969.

(b)During the hours between 1900 hours and 0700 hours, such vessel shall exhibit 3 all-round lights in a vertical line. The highest and middle lights shall be white and the lowest light shall be red. The vertical spacings between the lights shall be in accordance with the Collision Regulations.

(3)  During the hours between 0700 hours and 1900 hours, any vessel under pilotage shall exhibit the flag “H” of the International Code of Signals 1969.
Pilot’s duties in relation to vessel proceeding to Quarantine Anchorage
5.  A pilot may board any vessel displaying an international quarantine signal for the purpose of piloting her to the Quarantine Anchorage. Where the master has reported a suspected case of plague on board the vessel, the pilot shall not allow any other person in his launch to board the vessel nor shall the pilot leave such vessel except with the permission of the Port Health Officer. Such pilot shall submit himself to vaccination or other quarantine precautions as the nature of the case may require.
Pilot to carry licence on person
6.  Every pilot shall when on duty always carry his licence with him and such other documents as the Port Master may direct and shall make the same available for inspection by the master of any vessel employing him.
Pilots to be conversant with laws and duties.
7.  Every pilot shall make himself conversant with and shall comply with all written laws and directives relating to his duties.
Refusal to conduct vessels
8.  Any pilot who has refused the conduct of any vessel for whatever reason shall notify the Superintendent (Pilotage) or the Duty Office Pilot immediately giving his reasons for the refusal and shall submit his reasons in writing to the Port Master within 24 hours of such refusal.
Notification of conditions detrimental to safety
9.  Any pilot who having the conduct of a vessel discovers conditions which may be detrimental to the safe manoeuvring of the vessel shall notify such conditions to the Superintendent (Pilotage) or the Duty Office Pilot.
Particulars to be ascertained by pilot
10.—(1)  Every pilot having the conduct of a vessel shall prior to the movement of such vessel obtain from the master the particulars of the vessel including its type, draught, length, beam and height.
(2)  If such vessel intends to enter, leave or manoeuvre within the East Johore Strait or a Height Restricted Area as defined in the Singapore Port Regulations the pilot shall ascertain the source of the information relating to the height and if necessary require the master or person in charge of the vessel to verify the height by physical measurement.
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Overloaded vessel
11.—(1)  If a pilot finds that a vessel he has the conduct of appears to be overloaded he shall immediately report such overloading to the Superintendent (Pilotage) or the Duty Office Pilot and shall not undertake the conduct of the vessel unless instructed to do so otherwise.
(2)  The Superintendent (Pilotage) or the Duty Office Pilot having received the report of overloading shall take such steps as the Port Master or the Director of Marine deems fit.
Conduct of vessel with dangerous goods on board
12.  Every pilot having the conduct of a vessel with dangerous goods on board shall act in accordance with the Singapore Port Regulations, or any other regulations made by the Authority from time to time relating to the carriage of dangerous goods.
Due care and diligence to be exercised
13.—(1)  Every pilot shall exercise care and diligence to prevent any accident or damage either to the vessel he is piloting or to any vessel or property of whatsoever kind and shall not cause obstruction or interference to the navigation of other vessels in any navigable channel.
(2)  If any accident occurs whilst the vessel is being conducted by him he shall submit a report to the Superintendent (Pilotage) within 24 hours of the accident.
Defective or damaged buoys and beacons
14.  If any pilot finds or has any reason to believe that any buoy is out of its proper position or has broken adrift or is damaged or missing or if he shall notice anything wrong or defective in any beacon he shall as soon as is practicable make a report to the Port Master through the Superintendent (Pilotage).
Impediments or alterations in channel or landmark
15.  Every pilot who observes any impediment or alteration in any channel or any change or apparent change in any landmark shall report such impediment, alteration or change to the Port Master through the Superintendent (Pilotage).
Pilot to remain on board
16.—(1)  Every pilot having the conduct of an outward bound vessel shall remain on board the vessel until the service for which he has been engaged is completed or at the nearest designated pilot disembarkation ground and the master has agreed to resume the conduct thereof.
(2)  Unless otherwise arranged, the pilot shall not disembark before the designated pilot disembarkation ground if the vessel is bound for sea or before the vessel is properly anchored, moored or otherwise secured to the satisfaction of the master if the vessel is in port.
(3)  Every pilot having the conduct of a vessel may due to the exigencies of service be directed by the Superintendent (Pilotage) or the Port Master to conduct the vessel to the nearest designated pilot disembarkation ground.
Pilot to obtain documents
17.  Every pilot having the conduct of a vessel shall prior to leaving such vessel obtain from the master such documents as may be prescribed by the Authority, duly signed by the master and shall deliver such documents to the Superintendent (Pilotage) within 24 hours of obtaining them.
Pilot to be medically fit
18.  Any pilot who through sickness, accident or any defect in his eyesight is unable to discharge his duties efficiently shall be liable to immediate suspension from duty by the Superintendent (Pilotage) until he is certified medically fit to resume duty.
Pilotage Committee
19.  Every pilot shall attend before the Pilotage Committee on being summoned to do so by the chairman of such Committee.
Compliance with Regulations and orders
20.  Every pilot shall comply with these Regulations and shall obey and execute all orders given by the Port Master or the Superintendent (Pilotage).
Report on circumstances when master assumes conduct of vessel from pilot
21.  Every pilot on board a vessel the conduct of which has been assumed by the master for whatever reason shall report such incident to the Superintendent (Pilotage) or Duty Office Pilot immediately and give a written statement of the incident to the Superintendent (Pilotage) within 24 hours.
Care that vessel does not run aground
22.  Notwithstanding regulations 9, 11(1) and 20 no pilot shall place any vessel in a position where she will be aground or likely to be aground at any state of the tide without a written order from the owner or master of the vessel.
Report for contravention of Port Regulations
23.  Every pilot shall when making a report against any vessel for contravention of any provision of the Singapore Port Regulations, submit his report in such form as may be required by the Port Master.
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Communication equipment to be in good working order
24.  Every pilot shall ensure that the communication equipment issued to him is in a proper working condition and shall comply with the instructions given for the use thereof.
Exemptions
25.  The Port Master may exempt any master, vessel or class of vessels from compulsory pilotage on such conditions as he thinks fit.
Unauthorised persons
26.  No pilot shall knowingly permit any unauthorised person to accompany him when boarding any vessel.
Unauthorised goods
27.  Unless otherwise authorised, no pilot shall permit any person or goods to be taken on board a vessel from a pilot launch or permit any person or goods to be brought ashore in a pilot launch from such vessel.
Absence from duty
28.  No pilot shall absent himself from pilotage duty unless he has been permitted to do so by the Duty Office Pilot or the Superintendent (Pilotage).
Annual medical examination
29.  Every pilot shall submit himself for a medical examination and eye sight test once a year or whenever deemed necessary by the Superintendent (Pilotage).
Saving
30.  These Regulations shall be in addition to and shall not be deemed in any way to derogate from any rules made under section 31(2) of the Act.