The Plymouth Pilotage Service is the civil pilotage authority for the Port of Plymouth.  

In 1988 the Pilotage Act, followed by the Cattewater Harbour (Pilotage) Revision Order, gave the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners responsibility, as Competent Harbour Authority (C.H.A.) for Pilotage within the Plymouth Pilotage District, acting on behalf of all three civil harbour authorities.  

Our fully authorised and experienced pilots, supported by our pilot boat coxswains and crews are responsible for ensuring ships can arrive and sail from the port safely, 24/7.

Download the Port Pilotage Direction

Download The Cattewater (Pilotage) Harbour Revision Order 1988

Pilotage Charges for the Port of Plymouth can be seen in the document below. The charges are in effect 1st April 2020-31st March 2021.

Pilotage-Tariff 2020

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:

  1. Sea to Millbay Docks
  2. Sea to Cattewater and/or Sutton Harbour Berths
  3. Sea to Hamoaze Commercial Berths
  4. 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.




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