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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 19, 2019 11:03 AM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: River Pilots of the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that would provide a rate increase for the River Pilots who navigate trade vessels along the Delaware River and its navigable tributaries.

The rate adjustments is 1 percent in 2020; 1 percent in 2021; and 1 percent in 2022.

These adjustments would help continue to support a first-class piloting system along the waters of the Delaware River and Bay; as well as a state-of-the-art Vessel Traffic Information System that is integral to safety and security efforts.

This increase has been agreed to by the Pilots Association; the Maritime Exchange of the Delaware River and Bay; and shippers along the river.

This bill will be similar to legislation introduced by Senator McGarrigle as SB 1352 of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session which was co-sponsored by Senators Greenleaf, Yudichak and Rafferty. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 50-0 on 9/28/16, and was referred to the House Commerce Committee.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB543