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Pilotage

Area of Jurisdiction

The area of jurisdiction for the Poole CHA coincides with the area of jurisdiction of the statutory Harbour Authority. The approximate area is as follows: -

  • The area situated seawards of an imaginary line drawn due north and south through the confluence of the Rivers Frome and Piddle or Trent and enclosed by an imaginary line commencing at Flaghead Chine (50º 44’.0N 001º 55’.4W) and extending in a direction of 171º5 true for a distance of 2.45 nautical miles to a point NE of Bar Buoy (50º 39’.4N  001º 54’.9W) and thence in a direction of 225º true for a distance of 0.5 nautical miles or thereabouts to a point SW of No. 2 Buoy (50º 39’.1N  001º 55’.4W) thence in a direction of 322 degrees true for a distance of 1.3 nautical miles or thereabouts to a point SW of Pilot Point (50º 40’N 001º 56’.6W)

Compulsory pilotage

The following categories of vessel are subject to compulsory pilotage:

  • all vessels of 50m or more in overall length
  • all vessels of 30m or more in overall length, or 10m overall beam, carrying more than 12 passengers.
  • Commercial vessels with an overall length of between 30mtrs and 50mtrs, carrying or likely to carry, dangerous goods or hazardous substances.
  • Dredgers / Hoppers barges of 50mts or more in overall length.
Calling Procedures
  • Vessels entering the Harbour should establish contact with PHC not later than one hours steaming from the Bar Buoy, then again 15 minutes from the Bar Buoy to request permission to enter.  Further reporting points are at Bar Buoy, Channel Buoy, Aunt Betty Buoy, Stakes Buoy and when secured alongside.
  • Vessels leaving the Harbour should establish contact 15 minutes before departure, requesting permission to leave immediately before slipping and thence reporting when underway.  Further reporting points are at Stakes Buoy, Aunt Betty Buoy and on clearing the Bar Buoy.

  • Vessels moving within the Harbour should establish contact 15 minutes before moving, requesting permission to move immediately before slipping, when underway and reporting when secured on their new berth.

Request for pilots

  • Vessels requiring the services of a pilot should make their request 24 hours beforehand to:

    Poole Harbour Control
    Tel: 01202 440230
    Fax: 01202 674801
  • An additional call at least 1½ hours before the Bar buoy should be made, confirming the vessel's draught.
  • The Poole CHA reserves the right to arrange the sequence of pilotage moves as directed by the Harbour Master taking into account the availability of pilots, weather and tidal conditions, availability of berth and other ship movements.

  • A pilot will not be despatched to a vessel unless the 1½ hour confirmation of ETA or the one hour confirmation of ETD is received.

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