Ships of length of 50 m and more shall be obliged to use pilotage service. All ships of length of 40 m and more shall be obliged to use pilotage service at Wisla Smiala Outlet (Gorki Zachodnie) and in the area of Martwa Wisla.
The following ships are obliged to take pilot regardless the ship's length:
- ships carrying dangerous cargo and which are not gas free after carrying such cargo
- ships overloaded, out of trim or having dangerous list
- ships with damages that may cause pollution to environment
- passenger ships
Tankers of length of more than 200 m or draught of more than 13 m, carrying oil derivative goods, chemicals or liquefied gas in bulk, or not gas free after carrying such cargo shall be obliged to use the service of two pilots.
Harbour master may exempt, for a definite period of time, sea-going ferries carrying dangerous cargo from the obligation of using pilotage service regardless the ferry's length. Harbour master may exempt for a definite period of time ship's master from the obligation of using pilotage service in the area of the whole port or its part provided that the defined requirements are met. A ship exempted from the obligation of using pilotage service while approaching the road (anchorage) shall report this to harbour master's office on radio. Harbour master may order any ship to use pilotage service if necessary for safety reasons.
A ship shall request pilot on radio, by VHF and regardless of that, may show signals in accordance with International Code of Signals. The use of pilotage service shall be obligatory in the area of road, anchorage, to ship's berth and vice versa.
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