Pilotage

The Port of Southampton is responsible for providing pilots throughout the East and Central Solent, Southampton Water and Rivers Itchen and Test. (Pilots are not available in the West Solent/Needles).

Ships requiring a pilot must inform Southampton VTS not less than 12 hours and then verified 3 hours in advance of ETA. Ship owners, Masters or agents may order a pilot by telephone 023 8060 8208. Destination, draught and BOARDING POINT must be indicated.