Do I require a pilot?
The following questions will give an indication if pilotage is compulsory. For definitive directions see the Pilotage Directions section of the Pilotage Information 2017.
A pilot can be requested by the Master even if not compulsory and would be particularly useful for Masters unfamiliar with the port or during periods of inclement weather. There may be circumstances where vessels of any size when directed by the harbour master or dock master – in the interests of safety of the vessel, other vessels, persons, the port or its infrastructure – may need to take a pilot.