Pilotage

Pilotage is accomplished through Peterhead Port Services, an organisation formed jointly by the authorities of Peterhead Bay and Peterhead Harbour, and is available throughout 24 hours.
Pilotage is compulsory within the harbour in relation to:

1.All oil tankers as defined by section 153 and 170 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
2.All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 3,500t (Peterhead Bay Harbour).
All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 200t (inner harbour of Peterhead).
3.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies, are defective, damaged or handicapped to such an extent that they ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety.
4.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety, where an obstruction has been caused within the harbour due to the occurrence of an accident, or the presence of a wreck or other similar cause.
5.All vessels carrying more than 1t of explosives of IMO Class 1 category.
6.All vessels carrying hazardous cargoes or dangerous goods in bulk in quantities of 100t or more.
7All vessels carrying more than12 passengers.
1.ETA at Pilot Station
2.Name and callsign of vessel
3.Nationality/flag and agent's name
4.Length, draught forward and aft, gross tonnage
5.Whether the vessel has an up-to-date copy of the Port of Peterhead and Pilot Passage and Manoeuvring Plan onboard
6.Confirmation or otherwise that the vessel has a reasonably up-to-date large scale chart of the port and approaches
7.Whether the vessel is carrying explosives or other hazardous cargo
8.In restricted visibility, vessels should confirm that two operational radars are available.
1.The rigging of pilot transfer arrangements and the embarkation of a pilot shall be supervised by a responsible officer having means of communication with the navigation bridge.
2.Every pilot ladder should be positioned such that it is clear of any possible discharge from the vessel.
3.Pilot ladders should be sited, as far as is practicable, within the midships section of the vessel.
4.Each step of the ladder must rest firmly against the vessel's side. Where construction features, such as rubbing bands, would prevent the implementation of this provision, special arrangements should be made to ensure that pilots are able to embark and disembark safely.
5.A heaving line and lifebuoy equipped with a self-igniting light should be kept at hand ready for use.
6.Lighting should be provided at night such that both the pilot ladder overside and the position where the pilot embarks or disembarks the vessel, are adequately lit.
7.Where an accommodation ladder is used in conjunction with a pilot ladder the accommodation ladder should be sited leading aft. When in use, the lower end of the accommodation ladder should rest firmly against the vessel's within the midships section of the vessel. The pilot ladder should be rigged immediately adjacent to the lower platform of the accommodation ladder and the upper end should extend at least 2m above the lower platform.

These regulations do not apply to a vessel falling within the above descriptions whose Master or Mate holds a valid Pilotage Exemption Certificate and vessels of less than 20m in length or to fishing boats whose registered length is less than 47.5m.
Procedure: The Master of a vessel requiring a pilot should call "Peterhead Pilots" at least one hour before the pilot is required, giving the following information:

1.All oil tankers as defined by section 153 and 170 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
2.All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 3,500t (Peterhead Bay Harbour).
All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 200t (inner harbour of Peterhead).
3.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies, are defective, damaged or handicapped to such an extent that they ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety.
4.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety, where an obstruction has been caused within the harbour due to the occurrence of an accident, or the presence of a wreck or other similar cause.
5.All vessels carrying more than 1t of explosives of IMO Class 1 category.
6.All vessels carrying hazardous cargoes or dangerous goods in bulk in quantities of 100t or more.
7All vessels carrying more than12 passengers.
1.ETA at Pilot Station
2.Name and callsign of vessel
3.Nationality/flag and agent's name
4.Length, draught forward and aft, gross tonnage
5.Whether the vessel has an up-to-date copy of the Port of Peterhead and Pilot Passage and Manoeuvring Plan onboard
6.Confirmation or otherwise that the vessel has a reasonably up-to-date large scale chart of the port and approaches
7.Whether the vessel is carrying explosives or other hazardous cargo
8.In restricted visibility, vessels should confirm that two operational radars are available.
1.The rigging of pilot transfer arrangements and the embarkation of a pilot shall be supervised by a responsible officer having means of communication with the navigation bridge.
2.Every pilot ladder should be positioned such that it is clear of any possible discharge from the vessel.
3.Pilot ladders should be sited, as far as is practicable, within the midships section of the vessel.
4.Each step of the ladder must rest firmly against the vessel's side. Where construction features, such as rubbing bands, would prevent the implementation of this provision, special arrangements should be made to ensure that pilots are able to embark and disembark safely.
5.A heaving line and lifebuoy equipped with a self-igniting light should be kept at hand ready for use.
6.Lighting should be provided at night such that both the pilot ladder overside and the position where the pilot embarks or disembarks the vessel, are adequately lit.
7.Where an accommodation ladder is used in conjunction with a pilot ladder the accommodation ladder should be sited leading aft. When in use, the lower end of the accommodation ladder should rest firmly against the vessel's within the midships section of the vessel. The pilot ladder should be rigged immediately adjacent to the lower platform of the accommodation ladder and the upper end should extend at least 2m above the lower platform.

Vessels should make for a point 2nm ESE of the South Breakwater Light and stay in that position until contact with the pilot on VHF Ch 14 has been established. The exact position of boarding will be advised by the pilot and will depend on the weather conditions prevailing at the time. In conditions of poor visibility vessels should not come closer than 2nm without having made visual and voice contact with the pilot boat on VHF Ch 14.
In the event that boarding is considered unsafe outside the breakwaters, small vessels may be allowed to embark a pilot inside the main breakwaters under the advice of the pilot, who will be onboard the pilot boat. In such circumstances, the procedure must be fully discussed between the pilot and the Master prior to implementation and the pilot boat will be in full attendance in the vicinity of the proposed boarding area.
Pilot ladder requirements:
All vessels requiring the services of a pilot must comply with The Merchant Shipping (Pilot Ladders and Hoists) (Amendment) Regulations 1993.
The following points are stressed:

1.All oil tankers as defined by section 153 and 170 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
2.All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 3,500t (Peterhead Bay Harbour).
All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 200t (inner harbour of Peterhead).
3.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies, are defective, damaged or handicapped to such an extent that they ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety.
4.All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his authorised deputies ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety, where an obstruction has been caused within the harbour due to the occurrence of an accident, or the presence of a wreck or other similar cause.
5.All vessels carrying more than 1t of explosives of IMO Class 1 category.
6.All vessels carrying hazardous cargoes or dangerous goods in bulk in quantities of 100t or more.
7All vessels carrying more than12 passengers.
1.ETA at Pilot Station
2.Name and callsign of vessel
3.Nationality/flag and agent's name
4.Length, draught forward and aft, gross tonnage
5.Whether the vessel has an up-to-date copy of the Port of Peterhead and Pilot Passage and Manoeuvring Plan onboard
6.Confirmation or otherwise that the vessel has a reasonably up-to-date large scale chart of the port and approaches
7.Whether the vessel is carrying explosives or other hazardous cargo
8.In restricted visibility, vessels should confirm that two operational radars are available.
1.The rigging of pilot transfer arrangements and the embarkation of a pilot shall be supervised by a responsible officer having means of communication with the navigation bridge.
2.Every pilot ladder should be positioned such that it is clear of any possible discharge from the vessel.
3.Pilot ladders should be sited, as far as is practicable, within the midships section of the vessel.
4.Each step of the ladder must rest firmly against the vessel's side. Where construction features, such as rubbing bands, would prevent the implementation of this provision, special arrangements should be made to ensure that pilots are able to embark and disembark safely.
5.A heaving line and lifebuoy equipped with a self-igniting light should be kept at hand ready for use.
6.Lighting should be provided at night such that both the pilot ladder overside and the position where the pilot embarks or disembarks the vessel, are adequately lit.
7.Where an accommodation ladder is used in conjunction with a pilot ladder the accommodation ladder should be sited leading aft. When in use, the lower end of the accommodation ladder should rest firmly against the vessel's within the midships section of the vessel. The pilot ladder should be rigged immediately adjacent to the lower platform of the accommodation ladder and the upper end should extend at least 2m above the lower platform.

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