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The following Pilotage Directions will apply to vessels bound to or from the Port of Larne or transiting the Port when navigating in Larne Harbour Ltd Competent Harbour Authority (CHA) Pilotage District.


Application of Compulsory Pilotage


Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels navigating within the Pilotage District except: 

1.1.1       HM ships and foreign warships.

1.1.2       General Lighthouse Authority tenders

1.1.3       Vessels under 30 metres in length.

1.1.4       Fishing vessels less than 47.5 metres

 The Pilotage District comprises all waters within the port limits.




The exemptions contained in sub-sections 1.1 will not apply to:

1.2.1       Ships with a Passenger Certificate;

1.2.2       Ships carrying hazardous cargoes in bulk;

1.2.3       Ships in ballast which are not gas free;

1.2.4       Ships not fitted with a working radar installation when due to fog, mist, falling snow or heavy rainstorm, or any other similar causes, visibility is less than 1000m.

1.2.5       Ships or their tow, if any, having any one of the following defects:

  • are unseaworthy in any respect, or
  • have defects to main engine, steering gear or auxiliary machinery which may affect the manoeuvring of the ship, or
  • have inoperable capstan, windlass, mooring winches or anchors that are not cleared or ready for use, or
  • have a list of over 5 degrees, or are excessively out of trim, or
  • have any hull or machinery damage which may affect the safety of the ship or the containment or safety of the cargo or bunkers.


Vessels under Tow

 For the purpose of the directions the length of a tug and tow shall be interpreted to be as stated in Rule 24 of the International Rules of Prevention of Collision at Sea, i.e. ‘from the stern of the towing vessel to the stern of the last vessel towed’.


Suspend Directions


The Harbour Master may temporarily suspend the above directions, without notice as in his opinion, may be necessary.


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Pilotage Manual 2012

18 Jan 2013

2012 Pilotage Manual