Masters of vessels calling regularly at the Port of Plymouth may qualify to apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate. Applications must be bona fide deck officers in regular command of vessels.
PEC certificates are issued for the following areas:
- Sea to Millbay Docks
- Sea to Cattewater and/or Sutton Harbour Berths
- Sea to Hamoaze Commercial Berths
- Sea to upper reaches – harbour tour craft only.
Applicants must complete a number of trips prior to applying for a PEC examination. If granted, Applicants must then complete a minimum of 8 passages annually to maintain validity of their PEC. Full details can be found on the attached rules document.