Sabine Bank Pilots 5148 West Parkway Dr. Groves, Texas 77619

Effective January 01, 2019

Pilot charges for vessels requesting the services of the Sabine Bank Pilots seaward of the Sabine Pilot Station (LAT 29-36N, LONG 93-48W) to or from the "SB" buoy and approaches will be calculated according to the vessel's units and rate per unit.

The vessel's units will be determined as follows:

Length over all x vessel's maximum width x vessel's draft divided by 1000

For the determination of the vessel's units, all lengths, widths and drafts will be expressed in feet and rounded to the nearest 1/10th of a foot. 20 foot minimum draft applies.

  • 0000 - 2000 UNITS

    • Pilot Charge = Units x Rate per unit
    • $.6042  rate per unit
    • $975.00 boat fee per trip
    • A charge of $1200.00 plus Boat Fee will be charged for the service of sending a pilot out to board a vessel awaiting USCG security clearance if the vessel fails to receive security clearance. At Agents request only.
    • Never less than

      $755.31

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  • 2001 - 3000 UNITS

    • Pilot Charge = Units x Rate per unit
    • $.5922 rate per unit
    • $975.00 boat fee per trip
    • A charge of $1200.00 plus Boat Fee will be charged for the service of sending a pilot out to board a vessel awaiting USCG security clearance if the vessel fails to receive security clearance. At Agents request only.
    • Never less than

      $1,208.50

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  • 3001 - 4000 UNITS

    • Pilot Charge = Units x Rate per unit
    • $.5438  rate per unit
    • $975.00 boat fee per trip
    • A charge of $1200.00 plus Boat Fee will be charged for the service of sending a pilot out to board a vessel awaiting USCG security clearance if the vessel fails to receive security clearance. At Agents request only.
    • Never less than

      $1,776.05       

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  • 4001 - 5000 UNITS

    • Pilot Charge = Units x Rate per unit
    • $.5343  rate per unit
    • $975.00 boat fee per trip
    • A charge of $1200.00 plus Boat Fee will be charged for the service of sending a pilot out to board a vessel awaiting USCG security clearance if the vessel fails to receive security clearance. At Agents request only.
    • Never less than

      $2,175.24

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  • >5001 UNITS 

    • Pilot Charge = Units x Rate per unit
    • $.5146  rate per unit
    • $975.00 boat fee per trip
    • A charge of $1200.00 plus Boat Fee will be charged for the service of sending a pilot out to board a vessel awaiting USCG security clearance if the vessel fails to receive security clearance. At Agents request only.
    • Never less than

      $2,670.27

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Pilotage Rates for Sabine-Neches Waterway

Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, Texas

Effective February 01, 2018

To or from Sabine Bar Pilot Station (Lat. 29-36'N, Long. 93-48'W) and any destination below Beacon No. 40 Port Arthur Canal (Zone 1)
$34.18 per draft foot plus $.0280 per gross ton unit

To or from Sabine Bar Pilot Station and any destination between Beacon No. 40 Port Arthur Canal and Beacon No. 56 Sabine-Neches Canal (Zone 2)
$34.82 per draft foot plus $.0320 per gross ton unit

To or from Sabine Bar Pilot Station and any destination between Beacon No. 56 Sabine-Neches Canal and Beacon No. 26A Neches River or Beacon No. 8 Sabine River (Zone 3)
$35.98 per draft foot plus $.0362 per gross ton unit

To or from Sabine Bar Pilot Station and any destination above Beacon No.26A Neches River or Beacon No. 8 Sabine River (Zone 4)
$37.16 per draft foot plus $.040 per gross ton unit

A minimum draft of 20 feet applies to all vessel movements.

MINIMUM CHARGE: DRAFT ZONE RATE PLUS GROSS TON UNITS - $889.40

All vessels over 40,000 gross ton units will pay an additional $16.06 per thousand gross tons or any fractional part thereof exceeding 40,000 gross ton units.

The gross ton units of all vessels are determined as follows: 

GROSS TON UNITS = L X B X D X C divided by 100

where L: is the vessel’s length overall in feet;

B: is the vessel’s extreme breadth in feet;

D: is the vessel’s depth form the keel to main deck in feet; and 

C: is the vessel’s respective block coefficient.

ONE GROSS TON UNIT (GTU) = 100 CUBIC FEET OF SPACE

RESPECTIVE BLOCK COEFFICIENTS WILL BE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS:

Vessel's Length in Feet
000 to 300
301 to 400
401 to 500
501 to 600
601 to 700
701 and Over
Block Coefficient
0.65
0.70
0.75
0.80
0.85
0.90

Zone 1: All points on the waterway between the Sabine Bar Pilot Station and any point below Beacon No. 40 Port Arthur Canal.

Zone 2: All points between Beacon No. 40 Port Arthur Canal and Beacon No. 56 Sabine Neches Canal.

Zone 3: All points between Beacon No. 56 Sabine Neches Canal and Beacon No. 26A Neches River or Beacon No. 8 Sabine River.

Zone 4: All points above Beacon No. 26A Neches River or Beacon No. 8 Sabine River.

Vessels piloted within one zone: $473.82
Additional charge per gross ton unit: $.0080

Vessels piloted between separate zones, per draft foot: $31.82
Additional charge per gross ton unit: $.0240

All vessels over 40,000 gross ton units will pay an additional $8.03 per thousand gross ton units or any fractional part thereof exceeding 40,000 gross ton units.

Vessels piloted without power will be charged double the regular pilot charge or shifting fee. A shifting fee in addition to the regular fee will be made for vessels to or from points above the Municipal Docks of Beaumont or Orange.

For turning a vessel whose length is 800 feet or greater, or whose beam exceeds 120 feet or more, either prior to docking of following sailing: $154.20

Vessels in tow with one pilot shall be charged ½ draft foot of the pilot fee with a minimum fee of $433.65 in addition to the towing vessel’s fee. Vessels in tow requiring two pilots (one on the vessel being towed and one on the towing vessel) shall be charged double draft foot fee in addition to the draft foot fee for towing vessel. The decision as to whether or not a second pilot is required shall be made by the Sabine Pilots. The rates for the movement of unusual types of floating equipment, such as drilling rigs, rafts, and tunnel sections, etc. shall be by specific agreement before movements.

For all vessels requesting the pilot to HOLD the vessel alongside a dock or bank or other pilotage service not mentioned herein, $240.93 per hour.

Whenever a vessel has to standby or anchor and cannot proceed to her destination, for whatever reason, in excess of one-half hour, a charge of $128.49 per hour or fraction thereof shall be made. Detention of a pilot aboard a vessel prior to sailing from a berth or anchorage in excess of one-half hour, or detention of a pilot aboard a vessel in excess of one hour after the vessel is alongside or at anchor, $128.49 per hour or fraction thereof shall be charged.

Whenever a vessel fails to arrive within one-half hour of its reported arrival time a detention charge of $128.49 per hour or fraction thereof shall be made until the vessel arrives. A vessel arriving shall give a six (6) hour notice prior to the requested boarding time, while a vessel sailing shall give a four (4) hour notice prior to the requested sailing time.

Cancellation of request for pilot services may be made up to two (2) hours before the requested sailing time, or up to four (4 ) hours before the requested boarding (arrival ) time without charge. Otherwise, a cancellation charge of $321.25 shall be made.

The location or berth or anchorage shall be considered the destination of a vessel when stopping en route for the convenience of the vessel.

The rate for Pilotage Services for vessels of unusual size or construction or with unusual maneuvering characteristics, or with restricted vision, or other services not covered herein shall be determined by Specific Agreement before movement.

On the first call of any vessel with a length of over 860 feet or a beam in excess of 120 feet , there shall be two (2) Pilots and the pilotage fee for the second pilot shall be one hundred (100%) percent of all gross tonnage units and draft charges only for the first Pilot otherwise called for herein. On departure and subsequent calls, one (1) Pilot will be required unless the Sabine Pilots determine that two (2) Pilots are necessary for safe navigation for the vessel. In case of disagreement on the need for two Pilots, two different Pilots will be assigned to handle the departure of first subsequent call, and final determination will be made by the Sabine Pilots.

Per movement: $33.73

When dispatching a Pilot to shift or to sail: $48.18 per movement

When dispatching a Pilot to Sabine: $80.31 per movement

When shifting in same zone or to an adjacent zone, or when job is cancelled after reporting aboard vessel, one transportation fee will be charged.

Compliance: per movement across Sabine Bar $10.05 for a maximum charge of $20.10 per vessel

Charge for each inbound, as well as for each outbound movement (called “per movement”) which involves the use of a pilot boat. Said per movement charge shall be paid into a fund to be used for payment of a new vessel. Said fund is to be accounted for and to be kept in a specific account. The monies from said fund shall be used only for paying for the purchase to a new pilot boat, or to pay for the retirement of the indebtedness incurred due to the construction or the purchase of such pilot boat is paid - per movement: $92.00

Payment is due immediately for all services. One and one-half percent per month may be charged on any invoice not paid within 15 days from the date of invoice. The agent is considered as acting for consignee and or for the operators of vessel and will be responsible for pilot fees.

Charges for all services listed above will be on the same invoice with pilotage services to vessel.

It is expressly stipulated and agreed the Pilot Service performed under these rates are offered, by the Sabine Pilots and accepted by vessel(s), master(s), owner(s), or operators, consignee(s), and in general, agent(s) under the spirit, intent and conditions as set in TEX.REV.CIV.STAT.ANN. ART.828od.