With a few exceptions, Pilotage is compulsory for all ships navigating within Poole Harbour Commissioners jurisdiction. The following vessels are subject to compulsory pilotage except where the vessel is under the control of a Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) holder or the vessel is in Government Service.
– All vessels of 50 metres or more in overall length
– All vessels of 30 metres or more in overall length, or 10 metres overall beam, carrying more than 12 passengers
– Commercial vessels with an overall length of between 30metres and 50 metres, carrying dangerous goods or hazardous substances.
Non Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) holders shifting between berths should contact Harbour Control on channel 14 to seek clearance and requirements in accordance with our Pilotage Directions.