It took the Board of Harbor Commissioners over an hour this afternoon to decide and convince the Portland Pilots it did not provide the Commission with enough revenue documentation to grant it the “emergency” fee increase applied for on February 28, 2019 in a letter to Board of Harbor Commissioners from Captain Mark Klopp, President of the Portland Pilots, Inc.. In hushed tones, Klopp tried to convince the Commission they were broke and needed an immediate infusion of money. The February 28, letter says Klopp was seeking an increase from “$7.18 to $8.04 and a minimum fee pilot unit of 150 Pilot Units (P/U).”
Klopp told the Commissioners the loss in the lawsuit with “The Cat” had been a “real blow ” to the Pirates. (The Portland Pilots lost the lawsuit initiated by The Cat, d/b/a Bay Ferries two years ago). “For the last several months we did not have enough money to pay our bills. That’s why an emergency fee is so important,” said Captain David Germand to the Board. Munjoy HIll resident Dan Haley, a retired insurance executive, said: I don’t want to be back in court. It was bad.” Haley was a strong supporter of the Portland Pilots in their quest to raise the fee paid by The Cat.