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Our Pilotage Services

Deep Sea and Coastal Pilots Ltd was founded over 60 years agoDeep Sea Pilots provide their service to many different types of vessels, including VLCCs, product tankers, car-carriers, bulkers and fast container ships. They have detailed knowledge of English Channel and Northern European waters, including the North Sea ports and traffic separation schemes. They keep up to date with changes to the complex North Sea buoyage, navigation lanes and reporting procedures, and with the latest developments in Bridge Management Practice.

These busy shipping areas carry a high risk of accidents, collisions and resulting expensive pollution. The English Channel has numerous ferries, fishing boats and leisure craft, as well as dense commercial traffic. The Dover Strait has well over 1,000 movements a day and fast changing weather adds to the strain. The IMO recommends vessels take a qualified Deep Sea Pilot in these waters.

In the English Channel approaches, we can embark and disembark our pilots at Brixham (by launch) or at embark at Cherbourg (by launch). All details regarding rendezvous points and necessary requirements will be communicated to the Master well in advance in order to ensure a smooth embarkation.

If you have any interest in ordering a pilot or finding out any further details please go to the “Order a Pilot” section, or alternatively contact us by email or phone.

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