The Pilotage district comprises all waters within a 5 mile radius of the southern end of Samson Island (49 55.65’N, 006 21’W).
Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels (including sail training ships) navigating within the Pilotage district of the Isles of Scilly except for Her Majesty’s and foreign warships, Trinity House vessels engaged in the maintenance of navigation marks, commercial vessels less than 30m in length, trawlers less than 47.5 metres and yachts under 30 metres. The Duchy of Cornwall was appointed as the competent Harbour Authority for the Isles of Scilly in 1987. The procedures in the downloadable file outline the way in which the Pilotage service is operated and the standards it maintains.
Please browse our operating procedures manual for more information.