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New rules for compulsory pilotage (LNS) in 2021

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Effective date: 1 January 2021

What changes?

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.

For whom?

  • Shipping entrepreneurs (seafaring)

When?

The change is expected to come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or the External linkStaatscourantExternal link(in Dutch).

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