Vessels Subject to Compulsory Pilotage

Discussion in 'Class Societies' started by Annode, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Annode
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    Annode Junior Member

    Looking at this
    http://www.pla.co.uk/assets/pilotagedirections.pdf

    A pilot is required for:

    4. VESSELS SUBJECT TO COMPULSORY PILOTAGE Subject to the exceptions in Directions 5 and 6 below, pilotage is compulsory in the London Pilotage District for the following vessels, in the following areas: (1) To the east of Sea Reach No.1 Buoy for vessels of: a) 90 metres or more in Length Overall; b) 50 metres or more in Length Overall which are: i) Specified Vessels, ii) Passenger Vessels, iii) Vessels carrying Marine Pollutants in Bulk, or iv) Vessels with an Operating Draught of 6 metres or more; or c) 50 metres or more in Length Overall and with an Operating Draught of 5 metres or more when Restricted Visibility exists within that part of the London Pilotage District to the east of Sea Reach 1 Buoy where the vessel is planning to navigate. (2) To the west of Sea Reach No.1 Buoy for vessels of: a) 80 metres or more in Length Overall; b) 50 metres or more in Length Overall which are: i) Specified Vessels, ii) Passenger Vessels, iii) Vessels carrying Marine Pollutants in Bulk, or iv) Vessels with an Operating Draught of 5 metres or more; or c) 50 metres or more in Length Overall with an Operating Draught of 4 metres or more when Restricted Visibility exists within that part of the London Pilotage District to the West of Sea Reach No. 1 Buoy where the vessel is planning to navigate. (3) To the west of the Margaretness Limit for vessels: a) of 40 metres or more in Length Overall; or b) With an Operating Draught of 4 metres or more.

    Is this standard for the US, UK, Europe, Panama/Suez Canals etc?
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    It is standard in many other places too. For example in the River Plate (Rio de la Plata)
     
  3. Eric ruttan
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    Eric ruttan Junior Member

    May I ask if this is the same standard in all these locations? Or should ine expect local variations?
     
  4. Annode
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    Annode Junior Member

    Thank you for that link. I should perhaps rephrase the question;
    I am trying to determine what is the minimum length that triggers the need for a pilot taking into account all the countries of the world? Is it 100m 300m?
     

  5. The Q
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    The Q Senior Member

    Where I live it depends on whether its privately owned or on hire, size doesnt matter and these are boats under 45ft. If on hire you must use a pilot under certain bridges. Privately owned its up to you to hire a pilot if you want one. This is an extreme case, but i would suggest it's going to be different rules everywhere depending on the local conditions.
     
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