Vol. 149, No. 23 — June 6, 2015
Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations
Pacific Pilotage Authority
(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)
The Pacific Pilotage Authority (the Authority) has purchased a used pilot boat to service ship calls at Pine Island. The purchase of the pilot boat is included in the approved corporate plan and the associated capital loan is approved by the Minister of Finance. In order to recover the purchase costs of the pilot boat, an additional tariff for each pilot boarding and an adjustment to the fuel surcharge at Pine Island are needed.
The Authority is a financially autonomous Crown corporation listed in Schedule III to the Financial Administration Act whose role is to establish, operate, maintain and administer in the interest of safety an efficient pilotage service within all coastal waters of the West Coast of Canada, including the Fraser River. Section 33 of the Pilotage Act allows the Authority to prescribe tariffs of pilotage charges that are fair and reasonable to permit the Authority to operate on a self-sustaining financial basis.
The risks associated with safety for Pine Island assignments have become higher in recent years because the pilot boat catering to this area is now older than 40 years. The Authority determined that it was necessary to bring a newer pilot boat into this area to cater to pilot transfers. Consequently, the Authority purchased a 14-year-old pilot boat (called the Pacific Chinook). A tariff now needs to be implemented to account for the cost of purchasing the pilot boat.
The Authority’s objective is to ensure that it continues to safely operate on a self-sustaining financial basis.
The Authority proposes to implement a charge of $60 per pilot that embarks or disembarks using a pilot boat or helicopter. This charge is intended to recover the purchase costs of a used pilot boat. The charge will apply on each occasion that a pilot boat or helicopter is used to embark or disembark a pilot at one of the locations set out in the Regulations.
The Authority also proposes to adjust the existing Pilot Boat Fuel Charges for Pine Island (reflected in Schedule 8 of the Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations) in order to reflect the higher fuel costs of a larger ship transiting Pine Island. The revised proposed charge for the fuel surcharge would be as follows:
Wholesale (rack) price for diesel
in Vancouver, British Columbia
(cents per litre)
Pine Island Charge ($)
|1.||up to 50.00||481|
|2.||50.01 to 60.00||546|
|3.||60.01 to 70.00||611|
|4.||70.01 to 80.00||676|
|5.||80.01 to 90.00||741|
|6.||90.01 to 100.00||806|
|7.||100.01 to 110.00||871|
|8.||110.01 to 120.00||936|
|9.||120.01 to 130.00||1,001|
|10.||130.01 to 140.00||1,066|
|11.||140.01 to 150.00||1,131|
|12.||150.01 to 160.00||1,196|
|13.||160.01 to 170.00||1,261|
|14.||170.01 to 180.00||1,326|
|15.||180.01 to 190.00||1,391|
|16.||190.01 to 200.00||1,456|
|17.||200.01 to 210.00||1,521|
The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply to this proposal, as there is no expected increase to compliance or administrative costs to business. The proposal is not for new regulations.
Small business lens
The small business lens does not apply to this proposal, as there are no costs to small business.
The marine industry on the West Coast of Canada is the key stakeholder impacted by this proposal. The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia wrote a letter of support for the implementation of a $60 tariff on May 9, 2014. The Shipping Federation of Canada wrote a letter of support for the implementation of a $60 tariff on May 8, 2014. These two organizations represent all of the Authority’s customers.
The primary business activity of the Authority is to provide a safe and efficient pilotage service. The Authority charges the user, or customer, for the service. An ideal performance would be one in which the service provided was completely safe, i.e. without shipping incidents, and without injury or damage to individuals, ships, port facilities, or the environment. Historically, the Authority has maintained a low level of shipping incidents; however, it is recognized that the Authority has the inherent risks associated with the business, and that the potential for an accident is always present. This pilot boat, which is approximately 14 years old, will primarily be deployed to Pine Island, an area which has been catered to by a 40-year-old pilot boat. The operation of this pilot boat from Pine Island will reduce the safety risks of operating an older pilot boat in this area. Purchasing this 14-year-old pilot boat, for approximately Can$3.3 million, has allowed the Authority to avoid having to purchase a new pilot boat at an approximate cost of Can$5 million.
The charge is being brought into line with the Triple Islands charge. The sister pilot boat to the Pacific Chinook is based in Prince Rupert and runs the Triple Islands route. The distance to Triple Islands is about the same as to Pine Island.
Based on assignment volumes remaining consistent, the Authority expects to collect approximately $491K per year for the next eight years, at which time the tariff will be repealed (as the purchase costs of the pilot boat will be fully recovered).
The Authority has historically paid for pilot boats (owned or not) using a charge levied across all pilot boats so that the industry collectively pays for the new pilot boat. The rationale is financial in nature, as the charges necessary to recover the cost of a pilot boat at one location would be financially overwhelming for users of that location. Consequently, the industry collectively bands together to pay down the costs of these large capital purchases. The rationale for also charging a fee for helicopter launches is that helicopter assignments will offset pilot boat assignments, but the industry understands that the purchase costs of the pilot boat will need to be recovered, regardless of the ratio of pilot boat to helicopter assignments.
Finance and Administration
1000–1130 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Web site: www.ppa.gc.ca
Notice is given, pursuant to subsection 34(1) (see footnote a) of the Pilotage Act (see footnote b), that the Pacific Pilotage Authority, pursuant to subsection 33(1) of that Act, proposes to make the annexed Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations.
Interested persons who have reason to believe that any charge in the proposed Regulations is prejudicial to the public interest, including the public interest that is consistent with the national transportation policy set out in section 5 (see footnote c) of the Canada Transportation Act (see footnote d), may file a notice of objection setting out the grounds for the objection with the Canadian Transportation Agency within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. The notice of objection must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be sent to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N9. The notice of objection must also be filed with the Minister of Transport and the Pacific Pilotage Authority in accordance with subsection 34(3) (see footnote e) of the Pilotage Act (see footnote f).
Vancouver, May 29, 2015
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Pilotage Authority
REGULATIONS AMENDING THE PACIFIC PILOTAGE TARIFF REGULATIONS
1. The Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations (see footnote 1) are amended by adding the following after section 12:
13. On each occasion that a pilot boat or helicopter is used to embark or disembark a pilot at a location set out in column 1 of Schedule 7, the charge set out in column 3 is payable to recover the cost of purchasing a pilot boat for Pine Island.
2. Schedule 7 to the Regulations is replaced by the Schedule 7 set out in the schedule to these Regulations.
3. The portion of items 1 to 18 of Schedule 8 to the Regulations in column 5 is replaced by the following:
Pine Island Charge ($)
COMING INTO FORCE
4. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.
(Sections 12 and 13)
PILOT BOAT AND HELICOPTER CHARGES
Pilot Boat Charge ($)
|6.||The entrance to Nanaimo Harbour||761||60|
|7.||Prince Rupert Anchorages 8 and 9||528||60|
|8.||Prince Rupert Anchorages 10 to 31||895||60|