The Port of Southampton is responsible for providing pilots throughout the East and Central Solent, Southampton Water and Rivers Itchen and Test. (Pilots are not available in the West Solent/Needles).

Ships requiring a pilot must inform Southampton VTS not less than 12 hours and then verified 3 hours in advance of ETA. Ship owners, Masters or agents may order a pilot by telephone 023 8060 8208. Destination, draught and BOARDING POINT must be indicated.