- The request for the attendance of a pilot or pilots
aboard a ship shall be made by the ship’s master or ship’s agent to
the Authority in accordance with directives issued by the Authority
from time to time and in accordance with the pilotage agreement.
- Should a ship require a pilot or other related service at short
notice, she shall make the appropriate signals as prescribed in the
I.M.O. International Code of Signals.
- Every master shall ensure that the procedure for
boarding and disembarking from ships is in accordance with
SOLAS Regulation V/23 (Pilot Transfer Arrangements).
- The pilot may request the master of a ship which he is
piloting to declare to him the particulars of the ship’s draft, state of
readiness of engines and navigational aids, and other information
relat ing to the ship as the pi lot specif ies and is reasonably
necessary to enable the pilot to carry out his duties as the pilot of
- The master shall also bring to the notice of the pilot any
defects in, and any matter peculiar to the ship, her machinery and
equipment , of which the master is aware and which might
materially affect the navigation of the ship.Every master of a ship shall provide a lee and reduce
suff icient ly the speed of his ship when the pi lot launch is
- No ship shall hoist or display a pilot flag indicating that a
pilot is on board unless such ship -
- is a pilot launch on duty, or
- is being piloted by a pilot licensed according to these
A pilot shall not berth or shift any ship from her berth
without the approval of the Authority.
Subject to the provisions of any other laws or regulations, a pilot shall, when assigned to an operation, be deemed to have full
control over mooring men and pilot launch crew assigned with him
to that operation.
- The service provider shall be the owner of the pilot
launches and shal l be respons ible for the management and
operation of the pilot launches as provided for in the pilotage
- A pilot, when assigned to an operation, is deemed to have
full control over the pilot launch.
When providing pilotage services, each pilot shall
implement a high standard of care and skill as established by the
Code of Conduct referred to in regulation 6(2).
- The pilot shall complete a certificate of pilotage
service outlining the pilotage service he has rendered, to be signed
by the ship’s master in respect of each service he performs:
Provided that in exceptional circumstances, if such
certificate is for any justified reason not available, the Chief Pilot
or the Deputy Chief Pilot may sign the Pilotage Certificate.
- The format and contents of such certificate shall be agreed
to by the Authority and the service provider.
- When providing pilotage services the pilot shall liaise
as required with the Authority in order to record the proceedings of
the said service.
- Whenever a duty pilot perceives or encounters any
difficulties in the provision of the services, he shall immediately
communicate this to the Chief Pilot who if necessary shall liaise
with, or seek the direction of the Authority.
- It shall also be the duty of the pilot to draw to the attention
of the Chief Pilot, who shall in turn inform the Authority, any
deficiencies on ships piloted, or any other occurrence that may
affect the safe manoeuvre of the ship or the safety of personnel.
- Pilots shall immediately report to the Chief Pilot and the
Authority any environmental concerns, navigational hazards or
defects in navigational aids.
- It shall be the duty of the Authority to ensure the safe and
efficient use of ports, their approaches and allocated berths.
- The pilot shall, however, be obliged to follow the written
instructions of the Authority received prior to boarding the ship,
even if such instructions may appear to conflict with already
existing available printed data:
Provided that in an emergency such written instructions
may be dispensed with.
- A pilot shall immediately report to the Chief Pilot and
the Authority any accident involving the ship which he is serving,
particularly any incidents or accidents that may have resulted in
damage to port facilities and, or third parties.
- A pilot shall also immediately report to the Chief Pilot and
the Authori ty any near misses or any concerns in respect to
navigation as expressed by the master or pilot whilst piloting a
- Such notification shall be followed by a formal written
report which shall reach the Chief Pilot and the Authority not later
than twenty four hours after the occurrence of such incident or
- The report mentioned in this regulation shall not be made
available to any person without the approval of the service provider
and, or the Authority and, or by order of a competent court.
- Notwithstanding any proceedings which may be taken
under any law, the Authority may take disciplinary action against
any pilot who fails to comply with the provisions of this regulation.
- A pilot shall embark ships at the pilot boarding station
as established by the Authority; and disembark at a position as
agreed to between the pilot and the ship’s master, or at a position as
directed by the Authority.
- The Authority may authorize a pilot to board or disembark
from a ship inside the port if the weather is such as to preclude the
pilot launch from safely transferring a pilot outside such port.
- A pilot who does not comply with the provisions of
subregulation (1) shall explain his actions to the Authority within
two working days, and if the Authority is not satisfied with such
explanation, it may take disciplinary action against the pilot
- Subject to the following citeria the Authority may
provide shore based pilotage:
- the shore based pilotage service shall be provided only
in areas as established by the Authority;
- the shore based pilotage service shall be rendered by
the service provider through its licensed pilots for the
purpose of -
- piloting ships to the pilot launch; and, or
- piloting ships when pilots cannot embark or
disembark at sea.
- Shore based pilotage shall only be provided when:
- required and accepted by the master of the ship and
allowed by the Authority; and
- the pilot rendering the shore based pilotage considers
- Masters of ships employing shore based pilotage shall be
obliged to accept a pilot as soon as embarkation is possible.
- The Authority in consultation with the service provider
shall establish the norms under which such service shall be
The Authority shall in its discretion issue Pilot Exemption
Certificates to Masters of ships who regularly call at the ports in
accordance with established criteria, provided that the Authority
shall reach agreement with the service provider about the level of
compensation, if any, for loss of revenue.