Gibraltar Pilots
Regulated by the Gibraltar Government

Office Manager: 20074613

About Us

Gibraltar is the gateway to the Mediterranean and is adjacent to one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. Currently there are seven pilots and three high-speed boats in our fleet to assist in serving the vessels visiting Gibraltar.

We are a self-administrating company, regulated by the Government of Gibraltar. Gibraltar Pilots have been serving the port of Gibraltar since the 1800's.

If you are about to or are considering entering Gibraltar waters or the port of Gibraltar then please check the services page for a more detailed look at what we can offer you and your vessel.


Arrival Information

Pilotage is compulsory for all commercial vessels entering the port, the anchorage or when steaming in the Bay within Port Limits.
Vessels should give 2 hours notice prior to arrival on VHF Channel 12.
Vessels should call again when 5 miles from the Pilot Boarding Area.
A listening watch must be kept on VHF Channel 12 at all times.
Tugs for berthing and unberthing will be ordered by the pilot.
The Masters of Passenger Vessels however will be responsible for ordering tugs.
Vessels leaving a berth should give 30 minutes notice prior to departure.
Pilotage is not compulsory for vessels leaving the anchorage.

Pilot Boarding Arrangements

The pilot will board the inbound vessel 1 mile Southwest of Europa Point.
In bad weather the vessel may be required to proceed West of Europa Point in order to safely embark the pilot.
Communication between the Pilot Boat and the vessel will be made on VHF Channel 12.
A pilot ladder should be rigged on the lee side or as instructed by the pilot not more than 1 metre above sea level.
If the freeboard of the vessel exceeds 9 metres a combination ladder is required.
When rigging a combination ladder the bottom of accommodation ladder should be sufficiently high to allow the pilot boat to lie alongside the pilot ladder.

Please view the boarding card prior to boarding to ensure that your vessel meets the required standards.

Boat Service

A boat service is available to deliver small packages on board arriving vessels. A charge is normally made for this service. See Fees

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