The following categories of vessel are subject to compulsory pilotage:
NOTE:- With regard to Tall Ships and other sailing vessels, the overall length is the total physical length of the vessel including the bowsprit if deployed.
The following categories of vessels are exempt from compulsory pilotage by Portsmouth CHA.
Bona fide Masters and First Mates of ships regularly calling at Portsmouth may obtain a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for Portsmouth subject to their being able to satisfy Portsmouth CHA as to their skill, experience, local knowledge, knowledge of English and medical fitness. "Experience" in the pilotage area in this case should be considered as completing a minimum of 12 trips under a pilot or existing PEC holder in the previous 12 months. For vessels greater than 150 metres LOA this is increased to a minimum of 20 trips, inclusive of an outward and inward trip with a pilot at the start and at the finish of the trips.
Application for a pilotage exemption certificate should be made on the prescribed form which is obtainable from the Port Manager's Office. It should be accompanied by a current MCA Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG 1) or equivalent. The appropriate fee should also accompany the application.
Examinations will be conducted orally in English.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the Harbour Master prior to examination to discuss the procedures and depth of knowledge they will be expected to demonstrate.
Bona fide Masters and First Mates of ships regularly calling at Portsmouth may obtain a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for Portsmouth subject to their being able to satisfy Portsmouth CHA as to their skill, experience, local knowledge, knowledge of English and medical fitness. "Experience" in the pilotage area in this case should be considered as completing a minimum of 12 trips under a pilot or existing PEC holder. For vessels greater than 150 metres LOA this is increased to a minimum of 20 trips, inclusive of an outward and inward trip with a pilot at the start and at the finish of the trips.
Candidates will be asked to detail their experience of navigating in the Portsmouth CHA Area and their ‘hands on’ experience of the vessel(s) for which they are seeking a Pilotage Exemption Certificate. This is to include passages from the CHA district boundary to and from the berth, AND manoeuvring experience on and off the berth.
Candidates will be expected to be able to provide information about navigational equipment and manoeuvring capabilities of their vessels and to put this into the context of their planned navigation within Portsmouth Harbour and its Approaches.
Candidates for Pilotage Exemption Certificates should be able to answer questions on:
Portsmouth Pilotage Directions.
(contained in the "Dues, Rates and Charges & Pilotage Arrangements" handbook)
A candidate will need to have detailed knowledge of the following:
A Board of three people representing the following interests will normally carry out the examination:
Competent Harbour Authority: usually the Harbour Master.
Queen’s Harbour Master: usually represented by his Deputy.
CHA Pilot: usually a Senior Pilot.
Each participant will have time for asking the candidate questions after which the candidate will be asked to leave the examination room whilst the examiners confer and decide if the candidate has reached the required standard for the issue of a Pilotage Exemption Certificate.
If the candidate fails the examination, he will not be eligible to be re-examined until at least one month has elapsed. At any subsequent failure a period of three months will be required before re-examination.
Application for a pilotage exemption certificate should:
Any incident or marine casualty involving the holder of a Pilotage Exemption Certificate, will be investigated by Portsmouth CHA. The Queen's Harbour Master might also hold an investigation if for instance, an HM ship is involved or the vessel traffic regulations are breached. The CHA may, in cases involving misconduct or incompetence on the part of the certificate holder or in circumstances affecting his capability to pilot the ship or ships specified in the Certificate, suspend or revoke his Pilotage Exemption Certificate.
Application for the renewal of Pilotage Exemption Certificates must be made at least one month before expiry date. Application must be made on the prescribed form also obtainable from the Port Manager's Office, and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Renewal will normally be granted only if the following conditions are met:
A current MCA Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG 1) and confirmation of continued medical fitness will be required for all British certificate holders. (MSN 1765 refers) The equivalent national medical certificate will normally be accepted for non-British certificate holders.
failing which re-examination will be necessary.
Additional conditions may be required to be satisfied for renewal, after a holder reaches the age of 65.