Pilotage Directions


These Pilotage Directions shall not apply to:
(a) Vessels of less than 20 metres in length overall or to fishing vessels of less than 47.5 metres length overall; or
(b) UK warships and other vessels in the long-term service of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Northern Lighthouse Board, Marine Scotland and UK Border Force vessels engaged in performing their statutory duties or other operations in support of these statutory duties.

Compulsory Pilotage

Compulsory Pilotage:

Pilotage shall be compulsory for the following vessels navigating anywhere within the harbour north of the line of latitude of 58° 11.50’N, including the area marked as Glumaig Harbour on Admiralty Chart 2529:

(a) Vessels of 60 metres or more length overall without an operational bow thruster unit;
(b) Vessels of 75 metres or more length overall;
(c) Vessels carrying on board dangerous goods in bulk;
(d) A vessel towing another vessel or object or combination of both where the overall length of all vessels and/or objects and the tow line between them exceeds the respective lengths set out in paragraph 4 above
(e) Any vessel which in the opinion of the Harbourmaster is restricted or hampered in any way from its normal mode of operation so as to present a potential hazard to the safety of navigation within the Harbour;
(f) Any vessel over 30 metres length overall carrying 12 or more passengers.

Refer to Pilotage Directions for furthers information.

Requests for Pilots

Pilots are available 24hours 7 days a week, however vessels requiring pilots should notify Port Control at least 24 hours in advance. Request for pilots should be emailed to portcontrol@stornowayport.com. Prior to arrival a Prior Notification Form should be filled out and sent to portcontrol@stornowayport.com. To ensure an efficient Pilotage, the Pilot Card should be sent with the PNF prior to arrival.

Calling Procedures

Vessels entering/departing the Pilotage area should establish contact with Port Control at least 2 hours prior to arrival/departure, confirming estimated time of arrival/departure and draft.