Pilotage Directions

The following Pilotage Directions will apply to vessels bound to or from the Port of Southampton or transiting the Solent when navigating in the Associated British Ports Competent Harbour Authority’s (CHA) pilotage area.

Please also see this document for a useful summary of all pilotage requirements in the Solent.

1.1 Compulsory Pilotage

Pilotage in the ABP Southampton CHA area is compulsory for the following vessels:

All vessels above 61m LOA and vessels carrying more than 12 passengers above 20m in length

1.2 Exemptions from compulsory pilotage

The following categories of vessels shall be exempt from compulsory pilotage:

  1. HM Ships

  2. MOD owned / operated ships

  3. Naval vessels of Commonwealth countries

  4. Foreign Naval vessels

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