Pilotage

Belfast Lough Pilotage Services, along with our clients adopt a zero tolerance approach to defective Pilot boarding / disembarkation arrangements.  All boarding arrangements must be compliant with SOLAS and IMO requirements.  Defective boarding arrangements will be reported to Port State Control and your Pilot may refuse to board the vessel.

When approaching the Pilot station, the VTS or Pilot Boat will advise on which side and height you should prepare the Pilot ladder, and the speed which will be required by the Pilot Boat.

Please find below, some useful resources for Pilot boarding arrangements:

IMPA Safety Survey (2017)

IMPA Pilot Ladder Poster

Embarkation & Disembarkation of Pilots: Code of Practice. (UKMPA)