Vessels Subject to Pilotage
According to the instruction of turn registration and vessel berthing, all vessels of 500 tons or more should be in contact with control tower or VTS center and call for pilots when arrive the port and enter port under pilotage.
When to Request a Pilot
* Incoming Vessels
No vessel is permitted to enter port access channel, port entrance waterway, or other port entrances without using pilotage services and without control tower / VTS Center permission. VTS Center determines when and where pilot should start pilotage operation. The location for starting pilotage operation is usually one mile off the buoy in safe waters.
* Outgoing Vessels
To provide timely pilotage services and avoid any delay, master of the vessel need to have a one hour notice before departing the port. Vessels have berthed in Qeshm berths need to have a three hour notice before departing the port.
Pilotage Operation in Ports and Berths
* Berths in Shahid Rajaee Port, Shahid Bahonar Port, and Persian Gulf provide 24 hour pilotage services.
* Foolad Berth provides 24 hour pilotage services for all types of vessels expect vessels enters oil berth.
* Berths like Kaveh, Keshti Sazi, Naft Sazeh, and Laft provide pilotage services in daylight.
Allowed Length and Draft of the Vessels
Guidelines about allowed length and draft of the vessels are available here:
Pilot and Master Interaction
According to section A-VIII/49&50 of STCW-95 Convention, shipmaster and pilot should be in complete interaction about vessel characteristics, its maneuver behaviors, and how it maneuvers.
* Maritime: According to section A-VIII/49&50 of STCW-95 Convention, presence of pilot onboard the vessel does not eliminate the responsibilities of the shipmaster. Therefore, master and other personnel of Vessel Bridge should perform assigned tasks related to operation safety and pilot safety as well as data exchange and interaction with pilot.
* Compensation: According to article 23of chapter IV of Iran Maritime Law, Port and Maritime Organization has no responsibility against accidents happen because of pilot.
* Legal Responsibility of the Master: According to article 22of chapter IV of Iran Maritime Law, if shipmaster doesn’t care to pilot's warnings or ignores port rules and regulations, he is responsible for all accidents, damages, and losses result from his carelessness and it is possible to be sentenced to penalties stipulated in article 64.
Performance Evaluation Form
To evaluate the pilotage operation, shipping agents are expected to deliver performance evaluation form to shipmasters and then send the filled forms to Maritime Affairs or Pilot Affairs Department via fax or e-mail. Download link of the form is presented here: