Current Status Bill Number:
4469Ratification Number: 283Act Number: 269Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19980121Primary Sponsor: LimehouseAll Sponsors: Limehouse, Cato, Campsen and H. BrownDrafted Document Number: psd\7129ac.98Companion Bill Number: 938Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19980205Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19980220Subject: Pilotage Commissioners, ports of Charleston and Georgetown; license requirements for pilots; Watercraft
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19980306 Act No. A269 ------ 19980220 Signed by Governor ------ 19980217 Ratified R283 Senate 19980205 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 19980204 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19980203 Recalled from Committee, 15 ST placed on the Calendar Senate 19980203 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to Committee House 19980130 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19980129 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19980129 Read second time House 19980128 Committee report: Favorable 26 HLCI House 19980121 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A269, R283, H4469)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 54-15-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LICENSURE OF PORT PILOTS SO AS TO DIRECT THE COMMISSIONERS OF PILOTAGE TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN SHORT BRANCH LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 54-15-120 RELATING TO PREREQUISITES TO LICENSING IN THE PORT OF CHARLESTON, SO AS TO REVISE THE LEVELS WHICH AN APPRENTICE MUST OBTAIN BEFORE LICENSURE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Short branch pilotage license requirements for other than Charleston Port
SECTION 1. Section 54-15-90 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Section 54-15-90. Apprentices for ports other than Charleston, which are governed by Sections 54-15-100 and 54-15-120, must be taken by full branch pilots only with the approval of the respective boards of commissioners of pilotage and shall serve two years in Georgetown and one year in Port Royal before receiving an initial short branch license. An apprentice must be taken on board vessels of every description so that the apprentice may become completely competent to discharge required duties. After holding an initial short branch license for one year, an apprentice shall receive a second branch license, which the apprentice must hold in service for one year, at the end of which the apprentice may receive a full branch or license. The commissioners of pilotage for the ports of Georgetown and Port Royal jointly shall establish in regulation the tonnage and draft restrictions for each short branch license.
Short branch pilotage license requirements for Port of Charleston
SECTION 2. Section 54-15-120(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(A) An apprentice in the port of Charleston shall serve three years before being eligible to take an examination for the initial short branch license. During an apprenticeship licensed pilots shall take an apprentice on board all types of vessels, so that the apprentice may become thoroughly competent for the discharge of piloting duties. An apprentice successively shall hold a:
(1) first branch license with a tonnage restriction in service six months before being eligible to take an examination for the second branch license;
(2) second branch license with no tonnage restriction in service six months before being eligible for the third branch license;
(3) the third branch license in service one year before being eligible to take an examination for the fourth branch license;
(4) fourth branch license in service one year before being eligible to take an examination for a full license or branch.
The commissioners of pilotage for the port of Charleston shall establish in regulation the tonnages and draft restrictions for each short branch license."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 20th day of February, 1998.