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Admeasurement and Tolls

(See 7, 8, 10, 10.2, 12, 12.1, 13.) RULE 14. Admeasuring of Vessels: The rules for the admeasuring of vessels are fixed by a proclamation of the President of the United States, in accordance with the law. Vessels desiring to transit the Canal shall provide themselves with the proper tonnage certificate based upon such rules.

RULE 15. Admeasurement may be made and the required certificate issued by the admeasurers of the Canal, by Collectors of Customs in the larger seaports of the United States, and by certain properly designated officials abroad. Each transiting vessel should be provided with a full set of plans and a copy of the measurements which were made at the time of issue of its national tonnage certificate, as well as the tonnage certificate itself. The Canal authorities shall have the right to check and correct any measurement made or certificate issued elsewhere.

REGULATION 15.1. Requirements of Admeasurer: The admeasurers at the Canal must know the United States net registered tonnage, or the equivalent thereof, and the Panama Canal net tonnage of every vessel arriving for transit. Tolls are based on net tonnage, and the rates will be found in the “Panama Canal Tariff.”

REGULATION 15.2. A vessel's Panama Canal Certificate may be taken up by the admeasurer and retained at the Canal, if necessary, until the vessel's next visit.

RULE 16. Tolls for Vessels in Ballast: In order for a vessel to secure the reduced rate of tolls for vessels in ballast without passengers or cargo, the volume of the fuel on board for its own consumption must not exceed 125 per centum of the volume of its engine room as measured and as shown on its Panama Canal Tonnage Certificate.

(As amended by E. O. No. 7813, February 14, 1938, promulgated by the President under authority of section 412 of title 2 of the Canal Zone Code.)

RULE 17. Tolls Exemption for Vessels Transiting for Repairs: Vessels transiting and retransiting the Panama Canal by prearrangement with


the Canal authorities for the sole purpose of having repairs made at the drydocks or shops operated by The Panama Canal shall be exempt from the payment of tolls, but shall pay charges for pilotage, towage, and other services incidental to such transits, at rates to be determined from time to time by the Governor of the Panama Canal: Provided, however, that in case a vessel, after having made a transit for repairs as hereinbefore provided in this section, shall fail to retransit the Canal to the point of beginning, or shall, at the point of termination of the original transit, receive or discharge cargo, passengers, mail, or baggage, or accomplish any other purpose, other than to obtain repairs, for which vessels usually transit the Canal, tolls shall be collected for the transit at the prescribed rates before such vessels shall be given a clearance and be permitted to proceed.

(As amended by E. O. No. 8068, March 20, 1939, promulgated by the President under authority of section 412 of title 2 of the Canal Zone Code.)

RULE 18. Tolls for Vessels Making Partial Transit and Return: Vessels passing through the locks at either end of the Panama Canal and returning to the original point of entry without passing through the locks at the other end of the Canal, shall pay the tolls prescribed for a single passage through the Canal. In case such vessels carry cargo or passengers either in passing or returning through the locks, the rate of tolls on laden vessels shall apply.

(As amended by E. O. No. 8068, March 20, 1939, promulgated by the President under authority of section 412 of title 2 of the Canal Zone Code.)

REGULATION 18.1. Rule 18 shall not be interpreted as authorizing vessels less than 65 feet in length, or barges, or rafts of any size not on regular transit schedules and not paying tolls, to navigate the waters of any locks, or of Gaillard Cut to or from Gatun Lake in partial transit of the Canal; specific authority of the Governor must be obtained through the Marine Superintendent for each such partial transit. In this connection see Rule 49 and Regulation 49.1.

RULE 19. To Whom Tolls Are To Be Paid: Payment for tolls shall be made to the Collector or Deputy Collector of The Panama Canal, or by deposit with the Treasurer of the United States, any Federal Reserve Bank, or other United States Depositories designated by the Secretary of the Treasury, such deposits to be made to the official credit of the Collector of The Panama Canal.

RULE 20. Payment before Transit: Payment of tolls in full shall be made, or secured as provided in Rules 23 and 24, before a vessel is allowed to enter a lock.

RULE 21. Commercial Vessels Operated by the United States: The rule for payment of tolls prior to transit shall not apply to vessels operated

by the Government of the United States; and bills for tolls and other charges against such vessels shall be settled as are other bills between departments of the Federal Government.

RULE 22. Tolls Payment in Cash: All payments shall be made in lawful money of the United States, except as provided by Rules 23 and 24.

RULE 23. Tolls Payment by Drafts Secured by Bonds: Drafts upon banks of the United States which are supervised by the Comptroller of the Currency, and which are otherwise known to be satisfactory to the Canal authorities, will be accepted when covered by high grade bonds deposited with the Collector of The Panama Canal, and under the following conditions: (a) Bonds will be accepted only from steamship companies having frequent sailings through the Canal, or from agents representing several vessels or steamship companies; (6) bonds of the United States, the Philippine Islands, Porto Rico, and the District of Columbia will be accepted at par value; (c) unless otherwise prescribed by the Governor, bonds of the Territory of Hawaii, the Philippine Railway Company, and those of states, municipalities, and high grade railroads, such as are legal investments for savings banks in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, will be accepted at ninety per cent of their market value, but not exceeding ninety per cent of their par value; (d) the Canal authorities may refuse to accept coupon bonds, to limit the exchange of bonds by depositors, and to prescribe the total value of the bonds to be deposited by any one agency or company.

RULE 24. Lump Sum Deposits: Steamship companies or agencies may make deposits, to the official credit of the Collector of The Panama Canal, with the Treasurer of the United States, any Federal Reserve Bank, or other United States Depository designated by the Secretary of the Treasury, to cover payment of tolls and other charges. The Treasurer, Federal Reserve Bank, or depository receiving such deposit will forward a copy of the receipt direct to the Collector of The Panama Canal, and such receipt will specify the vessel or vessels for which the deposit is made. When requested by the depositor, cable notice will be sent to the Canal authorities. If the depositor desires, the Canal authorities will cable an acknowledgment of the receipt of notice of deposit. An amount sufficient to cover the cost of sending cable notices will be charged against the deposit.

REGULATION 24.1. Use of Deposits: As soon as possible after the ship has passed through the Canal the total amount chargeable against the vessel is deducted from the amount of the deposit and a statement of the account is sent to the depositor. Any unexpended balance is

refunded to the depositor with the statement, except where the owners or agents desire to apply the balance on charges against other vessels.

RULE 25. Payment of Other Charges: All charges for services and supplies furnished by The Panama Canal or Panama Railroad Company shall be paid, or the payment thereof fully secured, before clearance is given to a vessel at the port of departure from the Canal Zone.

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(See 7, 8, 10, 10.2, 13, 25.) RULE 26. Pilots Required: Except when exempted by the Governor, no vessel shall pass through the Canal, enter or leave a terminal port, or maneuver within Canal Zone waters without having a Panama Canal pilot on board.

REGULATION 26.1. Exemptions: The following vessels are exempt from compulsory pilotage, except when the Port Captain considers a pilot necessary or when a pilot is requested:

(a) Vessels of the U. S. Special Service Squadron, except when transiting the Canal.

(6) Local small craft, such as U. S. Army and U. S. Navy mine sweepers and tugs, Panama Canal tugs and equipment. When these vessels transit the Canal without pilots, they will be assigned with larger vessels carrying a pilot and lock through with that vessel, and the Lock Superintendents will decide whether locomotives are to be used.

(c) At least one pilot must be assigned to every two destroyers or sub-chasers, and to every three submarines, these being of the types that can be lashed together and locked as one ship.

(d) Until further orders, the Panama Government revenue cutter Panquiaco will not be required to take a pilot when entering or leaving a terminal port or maneuvering within Canal Zone waters (except when transiting the Canal), provided that her master holds a Canal Zone master's license for vessels of her class.

(e) Small craft under 65 feet in length and drawing not over 6 feet of water visiting terminal ports without transiting the Canal. For Canal transit, when pilots are not available, Port Captains may despatch such craft in the same manner as provided in subparagraph (6) above. In this connection see Regulation 18.1.

() Other cases not specifically provided for in the preceding must be made the subject of special request.


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