Geographical Limits and Boarding Places

Port Directions - Schedule 2

2.1 ABP Southampton Pilotage Area Limits

a This will include the whole Statutory Harbour area within the limits of and jurisdiction of Associated British Ports Southampton.

b To a line joining Egypt Point to Old Castle Point which will form the Southern limit of the pilotage area.

c From the south eastern limit of the Port of Southampton (western limit of the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth) including that part of the East Solent to:

i Eastern outer limit from a position at Culver Cliff on the Isle of Wight, Latitude 50deg 40’N, Longitude 01deg 05.5’W bounded by a line joining the Nab Tower thence to a position 1.1 miles due south of Selsey Bill, hence on a line due north to a position 0.1 miles due south of Selsey Bill, thence to Chichester Beacon (50deg 45’.9N 0deg 56’.4W), thence to Horse Sand Fort, thence to the Outer Spit Buoy thence to Fort Gilkicker.

ii Eastern inner limit on a line joining Fort Gilkicker at Gilkicker Point to the seaward end of Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight.

2.2 Pilot Boarding Places

a Eastern outer limit

The pilot boarding places are located as follows:

i) For laden VLCCs (i.e. those requiring escort towage, refer to Schedule 5) the pilot boarding place will be 4’ due South of the Nab Tower.

ii) For container vessels > or = 150m LOA the pilot boarding place will be either:

Nab West Pilot Boarding Area In an area between 0.5nm and 1.5nm from the Nab Tower, in a sector bounded by bearings of 270' and 195' from the Nab Tower.


Nab East Pilot Boarding Area Is an area between 1.0nm and 2.0nm from the Nab Tower, in a sector bounded by bearings of 090' and 145' from the Nab Tower.

b For vessels <150m LOA when carrying DANGEROUS GOODS in bulk the pilot-boarding place will be in the vicinity of St Helens buoy.

NOTE: Vessels having carried dangerous or polluting goods, which are neither gas free or inerted will be subject to the same conditions as specified above..

c Eastern inner limit
For vessels below 61m and <150m LOA and for vessels above 20m LOA when carrying more than 12 passengers, the pilot-boarding place will be in the vicinity of North Sturbridge Buoy.

d Western limit
All vessels subject to compulsory pilotage using the West Solent, the pilot boarding place is in the vicinity of the West Lepe Buoy.

2.3 Voluntary / Optional Pilotage – East Solent from Nab Tower to the Eastern Inner Limit and vice-versa

A facility is available by prior arrangement to engage a Pilot on a voluntary / optional basis for vessels < or = 150m LOA to / from the Eastern Inner limit to embark / disembark a pilot at the Nab Tower

2.4 Vessels under Tow

For the purpose of these Directions the length of a tug and tow shall be interpreted to be the distance from the forward end of the towing vessel to the stern of the last vessel towed.

2.5 Restricted Visibility and Traffic Congestion.

In the event of visibility falling below 1 nautical mile or traffic congestion occurring in the vicinity of the North Sturbridge buoy then the boarding position for vessels referred to in 2.2c above will be temporarily relocated to the Pilot boarding area described in 2.2b.

2.6 Compliance with Pilotage Directions.

For the avoidance of doubt vessels located between the seaward boundary of Southampton Competent Harbour area and the designated pilot boarding / landing locations shall comply with the directions of the pilot. In the event of a pilot not being on board, vessels shall comply with the directions of the Southampton Competent Harbour Authority, given by Southampton Vessel Traffic Services. Southampton Pilots will confirm pilot boarding arrangements when contact is made with the vessel on VHF Channel 9.