Changes to Finnpilot’s Terms of Service from September 1, 2023
The amendment to the Pilotage Act will take effect on September 1, 2023. The key modifications and changes to the act concern the requirements for the use of pilotage and exemptions to the compulsory pilotage, the compulsory pilotage area and the submission of advance notifications on pilotage. Additionally, the Act brings substantial alterations to the training and competence requirements for pilots and requires the company to provide services related to pilot examinations.
Further regulations pursuant to the Act will also come into effect on September 1, 2023. The competent authority is the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).
Changes to Finnpilot’s Terms of Service
What information is required by the Pilot Dispatch Centre?
According to legal requirements, the master of the vessel or the ship’s agent shall submit an advance notification to the pilot dispatch centre, including information such as the requested time of pilotage, the draught of the vessel when the pilotage commences, any technical deficiencies affecting pilotage and any other known deficiencies affecting the safety of the pilot or pilotage.
For vessels arriving at Finnish ports, this notification is to be given 24 and 12 hours before the estimated commencing the pilotage. When departing from a port, the notification should be provided 12 and 6 hours before departure or as promptly as possible. The full content of the notifications is defined in the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency’s Order (TRAFICOM/485910/03.04.01.00/2023) and further elaborated in the terms of service of the pilotage company.
How to provide advance notice and request pilotage services?
You can continue to make pre-registrations and pilotage reservations through the established methods: Pilot Online, email, or by making a phone call.
Moreover, a new option will soon be available – ordering pilots through the recently introduced Polo – Port Activity App. Both Pilot Online and the Port Activity App will soon enable users to directly input the necessary information for pre-notification within the application. It’s worth noting that our online channels for ordering a pilot might transition in 2025 with the launch of the Maritime Notification Service NEMO.
Introduction of new services and subscription process
In September, Finnpilot will further inform about the new services mandated by the Pilotage Act. This information will encompass details about how these services can be requested, along with their associated pricing.
For more information on Finnpilot’s terms of service:
Sanna Sonninen, Pilotage Director, +358 40 829 9769
Jutta Heinisuo, Pilot Dispatch Manager, +358 50 472 5011
Background to the reform of the Pilotage Act
The aim of the Pilotage act reform is to ensure maritime safety in the waters of Finland. The purpose of the pilotage law is to promote maritime safety and proficiency in waterway navigation, as well as to prevent the adverse impacts on the environment arising from vessel traffic.
Pilotage Act in Finlex >> (in Finnish)
Ministry of Transport and Communications 23.3.2023: Reform of the Pilotage Act to ensure safety of navigation in Finnish waters >>
Finnish Parliament: 22.11.2022: Government proposal HE 293/2022 vp 22 Government proposal to Parliament for a Pilotage Act and an Act amending Section 1 of the Act on the Enforcement of Fines >> (in Finnish)