Compulsory pilotage and pilotage exemptions

Compulsory pilotage

Compulsory pilotage applies to the following vessels in public fairways within Finnish waters and the part of the Saimaa Canal leased by Finland that are designated as fairways requiring pilotage:

1) A vessel, vessel combination or tug-towage combination, which is carrying oil, liquefied gas, noxious liquid substances or dangerous goods in solid form in bulk or INF cargo;

2) A vessel or vessel combination operating in Finnish territorial waters, which has a maximum length that exceeds 70 metres or a maximum width that exceeds 14 metres;

3) One of the following navigating the Saimaa Canal or Saimaa waterways:

a) vessel or vessel combination, which has a maximum length of more than 35 metres;
b) A tug-towage combination in which the length of the object being towed is more than 35 metres and towage is performed for purposes other than timber floating;

4) A foreign government ship with a maximum length of more than 15 metres.

Pilotage exemptions

The following vessels are exempt from compulsory pilotage:

1) A vessel that is subject to compulsory pilotage based on its size, but to whose shipmaster the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi ) has granted:

a) A Pilotage Exemption Certificate for the vessel and fairway in question; or
b) An exemption for the vessel and fairway or specific waterways in question;

2) A tanker with a maximum length of 90 metres or a maximum width of 14 metres and to whose shipmaster and officer of the watch the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) has granted a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for the vessel and fairway in question and which:

a) is carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) in bulk; or
b) has a double hull and is transporting a bulk load of light or low-sulphur fuel oil.

3) A vessel, vessel combination, tug and tug-towage combination operating in internal traffic in Saimaa waterways and in the Finnish area of the Saimaa Canal, if carrying a load other than that as specified in item 1 under compulsory pilotage.

4) A vessel that has been granted an exception by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).

The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) can decide, for justified safety or environmental protection purposes, that a named shipmaster or certain vessel must use pilotage services.

Shipmasters arriving to the VTS areas specified in the Vessel Traffic Service Act (Alusliikennepalvelulaki 623/2005) must notify the VTS centre if they are using the exemption from compulsory pilotage and, if so, they must provide the relevant exemption number.

 
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