Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Pilotage Services

Pilotage services to vessels include dropping and recovering anchors, guidance and berthing/deberthing, ship to ship berthing, and shifting of vessels conducted by a pilot. According to Chapter II, Article 3, Paragraph 4 of Ports and Maritime Organization By-law, approved in February 1969, pilotage affairs are considered among important and sensitive port operations, and the responsibility for is vested with that Organization. The pilotage zone in Amirabad Port includes four areas of anchorage, port access channel, port access basin and berths.

Port Pilotage Zone
The specifications of the pilotage zone in Amirabad Port are:
1.    Anchorage (36' 53" N, 53' 23" E), with an average depth of 9 meters;
2.    Port access channel, starting from fairway buoys; and
3.    Port access basin past the breakwater.

Ships Eligible for Pilotage Operations
Upon entry into Amirabad Port, all commercial vessels (regardless of their size) need to contact the control tower, request pilotage, and enter the port under the guidance and steering of the port pilot.

Necessary Measures by Ship while at Berth
1.    The Master needs to ensure continuous contact maintained with the port control tower at all times while the ship is at berth;
2.    Any minor or major movement of the ship may be conducted only after informing and seeking permission from the control tower;
3.    Mooring ropes and other related arrangements need to be continuously checked every two hours at minimum while the ship is at berth;
4.    Self-tensioning winches may be used after their proper operation has been checked, and their performance needs to be continuously monitored every two hours at minimum while the ship is at berth;
5.    Continuous and adequate lighting needs to be provided on deck and at cargo loading or discharge areas; and
6.    ISPS Code requirements need to be followed for embarking or disembarking the ship.

Conditions for Pilots Guiding, Berthing or Deberthing Ships


Maximum speedAt anchorage: 6 knots 
  In access channel: 4 knots
  In access basin: 4 knots
Maximum trimBow trims are prohibited for all operations. 
 Maximum acceptable stern trim is 1.5 meters. 
Maximum listTankers: 0.5 degrees 
 Other vessels: 1 degree 

Maximum windBulk carriers and general cargo ships: 8 meters per second 
  Ro-Ro ships: 6 meters per second
 Container carriers: 6 meters per second 
 5Maximum wave height1.5 meters 


Maximum length

150 meters

 7Maximum draft5 meters 
1.    Navigation: According to Regulation A-VIII/49 and 50 of STCW Convention, the presence of a pilot on board the vessel would not relieve the Master from his responsibilities. Therefore, the Master and other officers on the bridge need to communicate and cooperate with the pilot on board, while fulfilling their responsibilities for ensuring safety of the operations and the pilot.
2.    Compensation: Under Chapter IV, Article 23 of the Iranian Maritime Act, the Ports and Maritime Organization would not be liable for accidents caused by the pilot.
3.    Master's Legal Liability: Under Chapter IV, Article 22 of the Iranian Maritime Act, "if the Master does not follow the pilot's directions or the regulations related to port entry or security", "the Master will be held accountable for any damage or accident resulting from his/her actions, and may be subject to punishments mentioned in Article 64."

Pilotage Services Rates: According to the Tariffs Booklet for ships and cargos in Iranian ports, the rate for pilotage services for each trip for one vessel is specified in Table 3, Row 3 as 40 Cents per each ton of the vessel's deadweight.

Pilotage Services in Amirabad Port: In line with the general privatization policies for port activities, and provision of quality services to visiting ships, all pilotage operations have been outsourced to Hedayat Keshti Khalij Fars. It is a company specialized in pilotage operations and utilizes experienced maritime experts for guiding vessels into and out of Amirabad Port. The Maritime Affairs Department of the port is in charge of supervising all such activities in the port, and the operations are conducted in coordination with that department. Vessels receiving pilotage services may follow their requests in this respect through the designated communication channels:

Maritime Affairs Department:
Telephone:     +98 113 4512236
Fax:    +98 113 4512236

Hedayat Keshti Khalij Fars
Telephone:     +98 113 4512610
Fax:    +98 113 4623729