PILOTAGE PRE-PLANNING GUIDE
Foreword by our Chief Pilot
Firstly, I wish to thank you for selecting DanPilot as your service provider, we are
honored by the confidence vested in us.
By working with DanPilot for your transit pilotage through Danish waters, I wish
to assure you that you are in the most capable hands at all times, and that the Pilot
boarding your vessel is a highly skilled and experienced master mariner, with an
in-depth knowledge of the areas you will be navigating together.
Danish waters can be tricky to navigate, and are subject to intense traffic, crossing
ferries, low and variable draughts and strong currents. This is why the IMO officially
recommends making use of a Pilot when navigating through Great Belt for any
vessel with a draft of 11.0 m or more, or through Sound for tankers with a draft of
7.0 m or more. Fortunately, many vessels make use of a Pilot even with less draft
than the IMO Recommendation, in order to ensure themselves and their cargo a
safe and smooth transit through the Danish waters.
When boarding, the Pilot will bring along a “PPU” – Portable Pilot Unit – which is
a state-of-the-art navigation solution, ensuring that your vessel will navigate
through the optimal routing during transit. All our pilotages (more than 20.000 per
year) are stored, and the data is used for further education of our Pilots and optimization
of the routings through Danish waters.