Abstract: Makes changes to the regulation of river port pilots and steamship pilots.
River Port Pilots
Present law creates the Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners and requires gubernatorial
appointment of the members and Senate confirmation of the appointments.
Proposed law retains present law and adds that confirmation shall also be by the House of
Representatives.
Present law requires appointees to hold a commission as a river port pilot and requires such
commission to have been active for at least 4 years.
Proposed law repeals present law and requires one member to be appointed by the governor from
a list of 4 nominees selected by the New Orleans Steamship Association, Louisiana Association of
Business and Industry, the Louisiana Chemical Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and
Gas Association, and the International Freight Forwarders and customs Brokers Association of New
Orleans, Inc.
Proposed law requires that the governor appoint two members, one who is a businessperson of good
standing and one who is a licensed pilot. Proposed law requires the businessperson be selected from
four nominees jointly submitted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Proposed law requires the pilot be selected from a list of two pilots nominated by the association of
river port pilots.
Proposed law prohibits nominees from serving on the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and
Oversight or the Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commission.
Present law requires the governor to designate the president of the board, requires the commissioners
to serve at the pleasure of the governor, and requires the board member to take an oath to perform
their duties faithfully.
Proposed law retains present law.
In accordance with present law, the board shall:
(1) Make rules establishing qualifications, providing for the examination and approval of
apprenticeship programs, and to administer examinations of river port pilots.
(2) Meet quarterly.
(3) Make rules establishing minimum standards of conduct including neglect of duty,
drunkenness, carelessness, habitual intemperance, substance abuse, and incompentency, and
other rules for proper and safe pilotage on waters covered under present law and for the
efficient administration of present law.
(4) Conduct hearings and investigate violations of provisions of present law or rules or
regulations adopted by the commissioners, and to report findings to the governor if the board
requests gubernatorial action.
(5) Have the authority to impose fines, remove a pilot from a vessel, or recommend suspension
or revocation of a pilot's commission.
(6) Provide to all pilots and pilot candidates rules and regulations.
Proposed law retains present law but amends the provisions requiring the board to establish
minimum standards of conduct to require the board to make rules establishing standards of conduct
consistent with present and proposed law.
Proposed law prohibits pilot associations from superseding the board's authority.
Proposed law requires meetings of the board to comply with the Open Meetings Law.
Present law requires pilots to be appointed by the governor and serve until revocation of the
appointment in accordance with present law.
Proposed law retains present law and makes pilots agents an public officers. Further, proposed law
adds that revocation can be done pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted by the board.
Proposed law prohibits a pilot from discontinuing his duties without permission from the pilot's
association to which he belongs, except for health reasons provided he furnishes proof to the board
if requested.
Present law requires the board to hold examinations when it is determined necessary by the river port
pilots.
Proposed law retains present law but requires the board to determine when there is a need for more
pilots and then hold examinations.
Proposed law sets forth the following criteria for participation in the pilot apprenticeship program
required under present law for commission:
(1) A graduate of a federally approved maritime academy.
(2) Have 5 years of experience as a master or commanding officer of a naval vessel or merchant
ship.
(3) Hold a U.S. Coast Guard license.
(4) Be under 45 but at least 30 years of age.
(5) Complete and maintain ship handling simulator courses and bridge resource management
courses.
(6) Have not been convicted of a felony involving drugs, personal consumption of alcohol, or
a crime of truth in the 60 months preceding application.
(7) Pass a drug test before acceptance into the program and agree to participate in a mandatory
drug an alcohol program upon acceptance.
Proposed law sets forth the board's requirements for pilotage certification as follows:
(1) A commissioned pilot shall comply with the requirements to maintain their commission.
(2) Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, a commissioned pilot must maintain a valid commission by
attending 40 hours of continuing education classes that must meet certain criteria.
Proposed law requires the commissioners to provide the governor, speaker of the House, and
president of the Senate with an annual report of the race, age, and gender of all apprenticeship
participants who are related to pilots or other public official by blood or marriage.
Proposed law prohibits the board from discriminating against an applicant during the selection or
examination process in favor of a person related to a pilot or other public official, or based on race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or belief.
Present law makes all communications by and between the board and a pilot during the course of an
investigation privileged and not required to be disclosed in any original proceedings in accordance
with present law and pursuant to reporting requirements to the governor.
Proposed law repeals present law.
Steamship Pilots
Present law creates the Board of Examiners for New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots for
the Mississippi River and requires gubernatorial appointment of the members and Senate
confirmation of the appointments.
Proposed law retains present law and adds that confirmation shall also be by the House of
Representatives.
Present law requires the board to recommend appointees to fill an examiner vacancy and requires
the recommended appointee to have served at least 5 years as an unrestricted state commissioned
steamship pilot. Present law further requires examiners to continue in their office until the successor
is appointed and requires the appointees to only be from pilots commissioned by virtue of present
law.
Proposed law repeals present law and requires the appointees to comply with the La. Code of Ethics.
Proposed law requires one member to be appointed by the governor from a list of 4 nominees
selected by the New Orleans Steamship Association, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry,
the Louisiana Chemical Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and the
International Freight Forwarders and customs Brokers Association of New Orleans, Inc.
Proposed law requires that the governor appoint two members, one who is a businessperson of good
standing and one who is a licensed pilot. Proposed law requires the businessperson be selected from
four nominees jointly submitted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Proposed law requires the pilot be selected from a list of two pilots nominated by the association of
river port pilots.
Proposed law prohibits nominees from serving on the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and
Oversight or the Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commission.
Present law requires the governor to designate the president of the board.
Proposed law retains present law and requires the examiners to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
Present law requires the board to immediately report to the governor all cases of neglect of duty,
habitual drunkeness, and gross violations of rules. Proposed law further provides that the governor
shall then refer the cases for investigation to the board.
Proposed law retains present law.
Proposed law prohibits pilot associations from superseding the board's authority.
Proposed law requires meetings of the board to comply with the Open Meetings Law.
Present law requires pilots to be appointed by the governor and serve until revocation of the
appointment in accordance with present law.
Proposed law retains present law and makes pilots agents an public officers. Further, proposed law
adds that revocation can be done pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted by the board.
Present law requires pilots provided for in present law to be appointed by the governor from those
pilots recommended to the governor pursuant to provisions outlined in the board's rules and
regulations.
Proposed law retains present law and requires the pilots to also be recommended pursuant to
provisions outlined in proposed law.
Proposed law prohibits a pilot from discontinuing his duties without permission from the pilot's
association to which he belongs, except for health reasons provided he furnishes proof to the board
if requested.
Present law requires the board to hold examinations when it is determined necessary.
Proposed law retains present law but requires the board to determine when there is a need for more
pilots.
Present law requires applicants to meet the requirements set forth in the board's Pilot Development
Program and authorizes the governor to appoint applicant who has complied with present law to fill
existing vacancies.
Proposed law repeals present law.
Proposed law sets forth the following criteria for participation in a pilot apprenticeship program:
(1) A graduate of a federally approved maritime academy.
(2) Have 5 years of experience as a master or commanding officer of a naval vessel or merchant
ship.
(3) Hold a U.S. Coast Guard license.
(4) Be under 45 but at least 30 years of age.
(5) Complete and maintain ship handling simulator courses and bridge resource management
courses.
(6) Have not been convicted of a felony involving drugs, personal consumption of alcohol, or
a crime of truth in the 60 months preceding application.
(7) Pass a drug test before acceptance into the program and agree to participate in a mandatory
drug an alcohol program upon acceptance.
Proposed law sets forth the board's requirements for pilotage certification as follows:
(1) A commissioned pilot shall comply with the requirements to maintain their commission.
(2) Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, a commissioned pilot must maintain a valid commission by
attending 40 hours of continuing education classes that must meet certain criteria.
Proposed law requires the board of examiners to provide the governor, speaker of the House, and
president of the Senate with an annual report of the race, age, and gender of all apprenticeship
participants who are related to pilots or other public official by blood or marriage.
Proposed law prohibits the board from discriminating against an applicant during the selection or
examination process in favor of a person related to a pilot or other public official, or based on race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or belief.
Proposed law requires the fee commission to establish rules that provide definitions for pilotage
services pursuant to present law.
Present law requires pilotage fees and rates to provide for ordinary and necessary operating expenses.
Proposed law retains present law and requires all such costs to be subject to evaluation in any
proceeding before the commission that seeks or provides for any increase in pilotage fees and rates.
Present law allows the pilotage fee commission to take into account any factor relevant to the
determination of reasonable and just fees and rates.
Proposed law retains present law and allows the commission to take into account any other charge,
collection, or expense levied pursuant to this section.
Present law prohibits standards that are not applicable to a particular pilot service from being
considered in the determination of fees and rates for such service.
Proposed law repeals present law.
(Amends R.S. 34:991, 992(B), 993, 1042, 1044, 1045, and 1122(B)(1) and (C); Adds R.S.
34:992(C), 1043(C), and 1122(A)(4); Repeals R.S. 34:1005)

Statutes affected:
HB650 Original: 34:992(B), 34:1122(B)(1)