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Seafaring entrepreneurs can be exempt from compulsory pilotage under the New Compulsory Pilotage (Loodsplicht Nieuwe Stijl, LNS). Compulsory pilotage requires captains of seafaring vessels to use a pilot’s services on the waterways in seaport areas. The pilot gives the captain navigation advice.
The exemption of this compulsory pilotage will apply to the experimental areas in seaports. In these experimental areas, you can try out new (navigation) techniques. You can get the exemption if the captain or helmsman (first mate) has a PEC (Pilot Exemption Certificate). You must do a training course to get a PEC.
- shipping entrepreneurs (seafaring)
The change has come into effect on 1 January 2021.