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Pilotage in ports
The task of the pilot is to guide the ship’s master through the port and its approaches. The pilot brings knowledge of the local maritime conditions and operational practices that have been gained through extensive experience of navigating ships in the restricted waters of the port and its approaches.

Tug handling in ports

One of the most significant risks to port and third party infrastructure is exposure to an incident brought about by a towage provider not delivering a functional, safe towage operation. The Harbour Master may oversee the competence of tug operations.

Mooring operations

Appropriately trained shore-based berthing crews will work with ship crews to bring ropes or wires from the ship ashore and put them on the shore bollards by hand or with the use of winch trucks. This is a specialised activity involving significant safety issues.
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Use of a pilot is compulsory in many territorial waters. A pilot is familiar with the local waters and special conditions and can therefore guide ships through congested or dangerous areas.

Pilotage Exemption Certificates Final Report PwC / EC
In most Member States legislation provides the possibility of some form of exemption from pilotage, either in the form of exemptions in the regulations for compulsory pilotage or in the form of issue of Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC).

The European Commission wishes to create a regulatory framework to permit easier pilotage exemptions. This in order to induce lower costs for Short Sea Shipping operators and faster turnaround times of vessels in ports.
This study gives a comprehensive pictures of the procedures for issuing PECs across the EU. In addition an attempt was made to better undertand the impacts associated with PECs.
Source: DG MOVE   Date: 30-10-2012
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