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:
MOD owned / operated ships
Naval vessels of Commonwealth countries
Foreign Naval vessels