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).

Pilotage in the Southampton Pilotage Area is compulsory for the following vessels:
a) All vessels greater than or equal to 61m LOA; and
b) Vessels carrying more than 12 passengers greater than or equal to 20m LOA.

Pilot Boarding Arrangement Requirements

All vessels entering the Port of Southampton must comply with the below pilot boarding arrangements