Port of Pascagoula



Port of Pascagoula Tariff

Section II

Harbor Rules


In addition to the general rules contained in Section I of this Tariff, as applicable, the Harbor rules contained in Section II herein will apply specifically to matters pertaining to vessels, waterways, navigation and related subject.


The Port Authority is charged with the enforcement of rules and regulations and with the performance of such other duties as are required by law, with full power to supervise and regulate the shifting, berthing, anchoring, mooring and removal of vessels or other watercraft, and all other vessels or watercraft positions or movements within the Harbor of Pascagoula, MS or other navigable waters, as the circumstances warrant and as the general convenience, safety or good order may require. The Port Authority shall constitute the Harbormaster for the Greater Port of Pascagoula, MS. Reference herein to "Harbormaster" shall mean the Jackson County Port Authority and/or its duly authorized official. (See also Rules 025 and 030). (For Harbormaster Fees see Rule 090).


Pursuant to the provisions of Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated Section 59-1-9, the Jackson County Port Authority Commissioners are empowered and authorized to act as Port Wardens and Pilot Commissioners for the appointment and licensing of all pilots serving the Greater Port of Pascagoula. Pilots shall be appointed for a term of four years, but all applicants for pilots licenses shall conform to the provisions of Rule 025 herein, and shall be subject to payment of the annual license fee prescribed under Rule 030.

All pilots shall be governed by the Rules and Regulations established by the Port Authority, the U. S. Coast Guard and other established regulatory authority.

The fees for piloting inward and outward, for boarding vessels, for docking, undocking and for shifting within the harbor shall be determined and established by the Jackson County Port Authority in accordance with the requirements of Mississippi Code of 1972 Section 59-1-39. (For Fees see Rule 415).


It shall be unlawful for any vessel of over 250 Net Registered Tonnage to enter or leave the harbors or waterways leading thereto without being piloted by and under the direction of a pilot licensed by the Jackson County Port Authority; all such vessels being subject to compulsory pilotage, except as otherwise provided.

American vessels laden with coastwise or intracoastal cargo not destined to or coming from foreign ports, may enter or leave the waterways leading thereto, without a pilot upon the express permission of the Port Authority, subject to the master of any such vessel being then qualified as Pilot with the U. S. Coast Guard.

Pilots licensed by the Port Authority shall also be required for all vessels not otherwise excepted of over 250 N.R.T. shifting between wharves, docks, piers, bulkheads, industries, mooring places, anchorages, or other places within the harbor limits, except for shifting between immediately adjacent berths or immediately adjacent locations where the lines of the vessel may be employed for such shifting.

Any vessel which by reason of its width or draft would be unable to leave the deep water channel to avoid collision with an outbound or inbound ocean-going vessel shall be subject to compulsory pilotage, except as otherwise provided.


    The rate of pilotage per pilot for Port of Pascagoula waterways is $35.40 per draft foot inward and $35.40 per draft foot outward with a minimum draft of 15 feet in each direction, plus a tonnage surcharge of $52.91 per thousand highest gross tons (or any fractional part thereof) of the vessel, as listed in Lloyd's Register of Shipping, with a minimum of 4,000 gross tons.  (See Exceptions 1 and 2 below.)

    A pilot boat fee of $200.00 per movement shall be assessed during any port call in which a pilot boat is utilized in conjunction with a vessel port call.

    *A dispatch and pilot communication fee of $75.00 per movement shall be assessed.         

    The following fees shall apply for the supervision of vessels while shifting within the harbor:

    _______________________________________With Power on  ____ Without Power on
    Between any two points within the                            Vessel Engines             Vessel Engines
    East Harbor (Bayou Casotte), or within       
    the West Harbor (Pascagoula River)                             $309.66 (x)                    $510.61 (x)

    (x)     Plus a tonnage surcharge of $52.91 per thousand highest gross tons, as listed in Lloyd's Register of Shipping, or any fractional part thereof of the vessel per movement.

    Between any point in the East Harbor and any point in the West Harbor - Full Pilotage - Both ways.

            Exception 1:         The rate of pilotage per pilot on all movements of vessels of unusual size or configuration shall be calculated on a unit/draft basis.  A vessel is considered to be of unusual size or configuration if its maximum breadth (including large deck cargo) exceeds 40% of the vessel length.  A unit shall be equal to the maximum length times the maximum breadth divided by 850 (LxB/850).  The base pilotage rate for vessels of unusual size or configuration is:  $52.91 per unit, not to exceed 100 units, plus a draft assessment of $35.40 per draft foot with a minimum draft of 15 feet.    If it is necessary for the pilot(s) to be aboard the vessel in excess of four (4) hours, there will be an additional charge of 25% of the total pilotage for each hour or fraction thereof over four (4) hours. 

            Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, pilotage  for all shifts solely within the East or West Harbor, and channel transit of vessels which are classified as unusual solely as a result of large deck cargo, shall be 25% of the base pilotage rate, per pilot, for each hour or  fraction thereof that the pilot(s) is aboard  the vessel.   The per pilot charge for heavy-lift barges having no vessel or rig aboard it,  moving solely within the East or West Harbor, shall be 12.5% of the base Pilotage rate, calculated with a maximum of 50 units, for each half-hour or fraction thereof that the pilot(s) is aboard.

             Exception 2:        Except as otherwise provided in this section, when a pilot is called to a vessel to perform an activity such as dockside maneuvering, vessel holdings, or other special services, there shall be a charge of $500.00 per hour or fraction thereof per pilot.

    When a pilot is called to a vessel and the vessel is late for sailing for reasons other than weather, and the pilot is detained beyond a period of one half hour, there shall be a charge in addition to the regular pilotage of $130.19 per hour for each hour or fractional part thereof, for his detention or standby beyond one half hour.

    Requests for pilot service may be canceled without penalty when notice of cancellation is received by the pilot dispatcher at least one hour prior to the original time requested.  When notice of cancellation is not received within the above time limit, a penalty charge of $42.14 shall be assessed. This penalty charge shall be $212.00 in instances where the pilot boat has departed to take the pilot to the vessel.

          Dry docking or launching vessels..........................................................................$943.80

    In arranging for pilots, the Port Authority assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of such persons.



(C) The rates and charges named in this Tariff do not include marine insurance insuring the vessel, its owners, agents or operators from the consequences of negligence or errors in judgment of the particular pilot supplying the services.

The election of the vessel, its master, owners, agents or operators to have the pilot's parties hereto perform services on the rates and charges specified herein shall constitute a binding and irrevocable agreement, on the part of the vessel, its master, owners, agents or operators to the terms and conditions of this Rule 420.

It is understood and agreed, and is the essence of the contract, under which services of the pilot are tendered to and accepted by the vessel, its master and owners, that:

1.      The services rendered hereunder are rendered by a pilot duly and regularly licensed by the Jackson County Port Authority pursuant to Rule 405 of this tariff.

2.      Such services are advisory in nature only, the master of the vessel remaining at all times in full command of the vessel.

3.      The fees charged for the services rendered by the pilot under this agreement have been computed and are assessed in accordance with and based upon the above stipulations.

Pursuant to the provisions of Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated Section 59-1-42, a Port Authority licensed pilot or pilot trainee providing services pursuant to Section 59-1-41 shall not be liable for more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for damage or loss caused by the licensed pilot’s or pilot trainee’s error, omission, fault, or neglect in the performance of the pilot services, except as specifically provided by law.



Any pilot carried away to another port because of the ship's incapability to maneuver into a position where the pilot can be removed, shall receive $1000.00 per day or fractional part thereof, for each day so detained, plus first-class transportation back to Pascagoula, MS, plus $200.00 per day (or fractional part thereof) living expenses for each day after leaving vessel until arrival back at Pascagoula, MS.   No living expenses shall be allowed while pilot is aboard vessel.


Barges making up tows, entering the Pascagoula River or Bayou Casotte Harbors , must be secured directly to the tug. The use of tow lines while in the pass, channels or harbors, without an assisting tug or tugs, other than the towing vessel, of sufficient horsepower to handle the tow safely, shall be unlawful.

Fleeting of barges or building barge tows at public docks is prohibited.

435 TUGS

The Port Authority does not provide tug service for vessels or barges. Such services are performed and charges therefor made by the private tug companies licensed by the Port Authority.


Charge for pilot swinging vessel to calibrate compass shall be $150.00 which shall be in addition to other charges provided in Rule 415.


The Port Authority will not be responsible for providing linesmen for the mooring and/or unmooring of vessels. The vessel or its agent shall make all arrangements for linesmen for mooring and/or unmooring and shall be responsible for the payment of all charges for such services.


It is incumbent upon the master of any vessel operating within the limits of the Harbor or other navigable waters, or others whose operations are affected by these rules and regulations, to familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations. Non-compliance, through ignorance, with these rules and regulations will not affect the liability of the master or other, or the application of the penalties. (See also Rule 035).


No person shall oppose, resist, or disobey any order given by the Harbormaster in the Execution of his duties (See Penalties, Rule 035).


The arrival of all vessels shall be immediately reported either by the Master of the Vessel or the Vessel's Agent to the Harbormaster's Office. (Port Authority Office).


Masters of vessels immediately upon arrival at any wharf in the harbor shall leave their anchors up into the hawse pipes unless permission is granted, or directed by the Harbormaster, to lower their anchors.


All vessels, barges, towboats, tugs, fishing vessels, and all other watercraft operating within the harbor limits, waterways and channels of the Port of Pascagoula shall comply with the "Inland Rules of the Road" as prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard, and with all other Federal, State, County or Municipal regulations.


It shall be the responsibility of all vessels, barges, towboats, tugs and all other watercraft, their owners, agents and attendants, to see that any such craft berthing at any dock, wharf, pier, mooring area, anchorage, or other facility or industry is adequately secured to prevent movement during the passing of other watercraft or during water or wind movement.


Vessels, barges and other watercraft shall not be berthed two abreast at any wharf, pier, dock, mooring place, or at any anchorage, except with the written permission of the harbormaster.


If the master or other person in charge of a vessel blocking any part of the ship channel or waterway of the harbor, or occupying a berth at a wharf or pier or moored at any anchorage or mooring place fails to comply with the harbormaster's orders to move, within such time as the harbormaster judges reasonable, the harbormaster shall cause such vessel to be moved to some other berth or anchorage at the expense and risk of the vessel, its owners or agents.


No vessel, person or persons, shall tow a trawl, fish, or for that purpose set any line, trawl, seine or net of any kind in the main ship channel, turning basin, or harbor waterways.

(C) No vessel, lighter, barge, or other watercraft shall at any time be allowed to block or obstruct, in whole or in part, the Federal Channel or other navigable channels or waterways of the harbor, so as to endanger, stop, or impede the movement of other vessels or watercraft.

When any vessel is ready to get underway and finds that its movement from its berth is blocked, or if underway and finds that the channel is blocked, the master, pilot or officer in charge of such vessel shall at once report this condition to the harbormaster's office.


In the event of a collision between two vessels (including barges, tugs, towboats or other watercraft) or between a vessel or craft and any wharf, bulkhead, cluster piles, dock or pier, a written report of such collision shall be furnished to the Port Authority within twenty-four hours by the pilot and by the master, owner, agent or representative of such vessel, as well as the owner, agent or operator of said dock or facility if privately owned and operated, provided that in the case of a minor collision where a vessel is underway and proceeding to the open sea, there being no need of repair to vessel, said report may be mailed by the master of said vessel from the next port which it passes, and provided further, that in all cases of collision report of owner, master, representative or agent shall not relieve the pilot of the duty of rendering his report within the specified time.


In the event of fire occurring on board any vessel in the Port of Pascagoula, except vessels under way, such vessels may sound FIVE PROLONGED BLASTS of the whistle or siren as an alarm indicating fire on board or at the dock to which the vessel in moored. Such signal shall be repeated at intervals to attract attention, and is not a substitute for but may be used in addition to other means of reporting a fire. The words "Prolonged Blast" used in this rule shall mean a blast of from FOUR to SIX seconds duration.


It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm or corporation, vessel or others to deposit, place or discharge on to docks, wharves, piers, bulkheads or into the channels or waterways, either directly or through private or public sewers or in any other manner, any sewage, butcher's offal, garbage, dead animals, gaseous liquid or solid matter, oil, gasoline, residuum of gas, calcium carbide, trade waste, tar or refuse or any other matter which is capable of producing floating matter or scum on the surface of the water, sediment in the bottom of the waterways or odors or gases.

In the event of an oil spill from any source in the Port of Pascagoula and adjacent waters thereto immediate notice must be given to:



TELEPHONE: 1-800-424-8802


and to the Port Director or Harbormaster of the Port of Pascagoula , giving location and possible extent of the spill.

The required notices shall be given by any person having knowledge of or receiving information relative to oil spills.

All vessels or barges of 300 G.R.T. or more entering the Port of Pascagoula, their owners, charters or operators, shall maintain and have available for inspection by the Port Authority, a certificate of Financial responsibility required to meet the liabilities prescribed title 33 of the Code of Federal Regualtions, part 130 (33CFR130). (See also Rule 020)

Any person, persons, firm or corporations, vessel or others described above shall indemnify and hold harmless the Port Authority for any and all damages, expenses, costs, and attorney fees incurred by the Port Authority as a result of a violation of this tariff, including but not limited to the clean up or mediation required by any government agency or otherwise.


The discharge, dumping or throwing of garbage, ballast, rubbish, dunnage, or any other thing into the channels or waterways of the Port is strictly prohibited. (See also Rule 020)


Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 73/78 and the United States Coast Guard's Implementing Regulations (33 CFR, parts 151, 158) require that reception facilities be available for those vessels which have indicated, in advance, the need to dispose of ship-generated garbage.

No vessel will be permitted to discharge garbage, dunnage, rubbish, or ballast at any wharf, pier, dock, bulkhead, mooring place of anchorage unless authority is first obtained from the Port Authority. Inquiries regarding facilities available for disposal of materials covered by Annex V may be directed to the Terminal Manager.


It shall be unlawful for any vessel or watercraft of any kind to stoke its boilers or blow its tubes or boiler flues or otherwise create smoke, fumes or gases while in the waterways or channels, or while docked or moored at any wharf, dock, pier, bulkhead, mooring place, industry, or anchorage within the Harbor Limits of the Port.

In addition to the above prohibitions, it shall be unlawful for any vessel, barge, towboat, tug or other watercraft, or any employee or agent thereof, or for any other person, firm or corporation using the channels, waterways, docks, piers, wharves, bulkheads, mooring places, anchorages, or any other facility to create any nuisance of any type whatsoever.

The rules and regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard, and any other federal, state, county or municipal regulations or statutes relating to pollution of all types and nuisances of any kind shall also be applicable in addition to the rules and regulations set forth above. (See also Rule 020)


Any person violating any provision of this Tariff or any laws regarding pollution of air, water, soil, port facility or harbor may be prosecuted, sued civilly, and be subject to any fines, forfeitures, or penalties as provided by law.


No vessel or other craft may be abandoned or sunk within the harbor limits or other navigable waters except as authorized by law.


No barge or other craft shall be totally submerged or so submerged that the full outline of the barge is not visible at all times above the water line, for any purpose whatsoever within the harbor limits, except as permitted by the harbormaster in locations and under conditions that will be specified by the harbormaster upon request.


When the master of a vessel under register or enrollment lying in the harbor desires to shift his vessel from one point to another point within the limits of the Harbor, he shall apply to the harbormaster for permission to shift such vessel and for permission to use the services of the harbormaster or deputy harbormaster, or a harbor pilot, licensed by the Port Authority.


The Port Authority does not assume under any circumstances responsibility for delays to vessels, barges, towboats, tugs or other watercraft.


All vessels, barges, towboats, tugs and other watercraft shall display lights from sunset to sunrise while lying at any wharf, dock, pier, bulkhead, mooring place or anchorage within the harbor; all such vessels to conform with the navigation rules applying when anchored in the waterways, barges to display white light visible all around the horizon located at least eight feet above the water line on their outside or channel corners, provided that said regulation shall not apply to pleasure craft and other such small vessels.

Vessels, when anchored, berthed at marginal wharves or at the end of piers, also lighters, barges, launches or similar objects, placed alongside vessels, wharves, piers, piling or dolphins shall display the following lights:

Over 100 feet in length, two white lights, one light in the forward part and one light in the after part of the vessel.

Under 100 feet, one white light.

Lights shall be displayed so as to be visible from the channel side of the vessel.


The maximum speed for all vessels shall not exceed five miles per hour in the inner-harbor or while passing any wharf, dock or moored craft. All craft passing other vessels, boats, barges, scows, or other watercraft or raft in motion, moored or anchored shall slow down and take every necessary precaution.


No welding, cutting, burning, construction, repair or maintenance work of any kind is permitted aboard any vessel berthed or moored at any Port Authority facility, or on any scaffolding, barge, lighter or other watercraft alongside any vessel, nor on or at any dock, pier, wharf mooring place, anchorage, warehouse, storage area, yard or other facility of the Port Authority, except upon specific written authority granted by the Port Authority under Rules 25 and 30. No such authority will be granted unless the party seeking the authority and/or the party performing the service function has available at the site of the work fire fighting equipment meeting the quantity and quality specifications of the Port Authority and the U.S. Coast Guard, and a "hot work" permit issued by the U. S. Coast Guard.


A. No vessel or tow exceeding 40' width or 200' length or carrying oil or hazardous material as cargo shall enter Bayou Casotte Channel outbound or enter the Pascagoula Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway after a seagoing vessel has passed the seabuoy inbound. Vessels or tows which are at a dock or in the Intracoastal Waterway shall remain at the dock or in the Intracoastal Waterway until inbound seagoing vessel has passed or until it has reached its berth, whichever occurs first.

B. No vessel or tow exceeding 40' width or 200' length or carrying oil or hazardous material as cargo shall enter Horn Island Pass Channel inbound or enter the Pascagoula Channel inbound from the Intracoastal Waterway after a seagoing vessel has departed from its berth in Bayou Casotte until the outbound vessel has passed or has clearly left the Channel.

C. All vessels transiting the Intracoastal Water between mile marker 100 and mile marker 109 in the vicinity of the Pascagoula Ship Channel shall comply with the following:

1. Give a security call at mile marker 100 when eastbound and at mile marker 109 when westbound on channel 13 and 16.

2. Ascertain the position of inbound or outbound deep draft traffic departing the Port of Pascagoula or enroute to the Port of Pascagoula from the seabuoy.

3. All Intracoastal Waterway traffic must not cross if outbound deep draft traffic is south of buoy 36 or inbound deep draft traffic is north of buoy 19 until such traffic has cleared the crossing area.

4. All Intracoastal Waterway vessel traffic must remain at least 1500 yards from the Pascagoula Ship Channel during deep draft vessel transits.


Masters and operators of vessels who fail to comply with the above Regulations will be reported to the U. S. Coast Guard looking toward the suspension or revocation of their license.


Every vessel, prior to entering the Horn Island Pass Channel and the Bayou Casotte Channel, or when getting underway from a berth, or when approaching the Pascagoula Channel while transiting the Intracoastal Waterway , shall:

1. Maintain a radio watch on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16 in accordance with Vessel Bridge to Bridge Telephone Regulations of January 1, 1973 .

2. Check on other traffic operating in the area by transiting on Channel 16:







BY ON CHANNELS 13 AND 16, ________

_________(VESSEL CALLING)_________ OUT"

3. If other traffic replies, utilize Channel 13 for exchange of information relative to safe navigation.

Masters and operators of vessels who fail to comply with the above Regulations will be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard looking toward the suspension or revocation of their license.






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