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Pilotage

Area of Jurisdiction

1. So much of the natural harbour at Poole as is situated below the level of high water and enclosed by imaginary straight lines —

(a) across the harbour entrance, commencing at a point on the Sandbanks peninsula (reference point latitude 50° 40.989’ north longitude 001° 56.909’ west)(a) and terminating at a point on the Studland peninsula (reference point latitude 50° 40.766’ north longitude 001° 57.015’ west);

(b) in the vicinity of the confluence of the rivers Trent and Frome, commencing at a point on the north side of the Wareham channel (reference point latitude 50° 42.560’ north longitude 002° 04.745’ west) and terminating at a point on the south side of that channel (reference point latitude 50° 40.607’ north longitude 002° 04.435’ west); and by the level of high water within the area so enclosed, including all adjoining creeks, bays and inlets to the extent that they are situated below the level of high water.

2. All docks, marinas and other natural or artificial watered areas navigable by seagoing vessels which adjoin the natural harbour described in paragraph 1 (other than those parts of the rivers Trent and Frome which lie beyond the lines mentioned in that paragraph), including all such areas which are separated from the natural harbour by lock gates, sluices or other moveable devices through which seagoing vessels may pass, whether or not the same are in existence at the date of the coming into force of this Order.

3. The seaward area, that is, so much of the sea as is situated below the level of low water and bounded on its seaward sides by imaginary straight lines —

(a) commencing at a point near Flaghead Chine (reference point latitude 50° 41.867’ north longitude 001° 55.522’ west), extending in a south south-easterly direction and terminating at reference point latitude 50° 39.069’ north longitude 001° 54.860’ west;

(b) commencing at reference point latitude 50° 39.069’ north longitude 001° 54.860’ west, extending in a westerly direction and terminating at reference point latitude 50° 39.069’ north longitude 001° 55.465’ west;

(c) commencing at reference point latitude 50° 39.069’ north longitude 001° 55.465’ west, extending in a north-westerly direction and terminating at a point on Studland Peninsular (reference point latitude 50° 40.242’ north longitude 001° 56.907’ west); and on its landward side by the level of low water within the area so enclosed and by the imaginary line referred to in paragraph 1(a).


Compulsory pilotage

The following categories of vessel are subject to compulsory pilotage: -

a) All vessels of 50 metres or more in overall length.

b) All vessels of 30 metres or more in overall length, or 10 metres overall beam, carrying more than 12 passengers.

c) Commercial vessels with an overall length of between 30 metres and 50 metres, carrying dangerous goods or hazardous substances.

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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