Search Legislation

Pilotage Act 1983


This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Administration

    1. Introductory

      1. 1.Continuation in being of existing organisation

    2. The Pilotage Commission

      1. 2.Constitution of Commission

      2. 3.Payments by pilotage authorities to Commission

      3. 4.Other financial provisions relating to Commission

    3. Functions of Commission

      1. 5.General functions of Commission

      2. 6.Review of pilotage services and non-compulsory pilotage areas

      3. 7.Pilots' pension and compensation schemes

      4. 8.Annual report

    4. Pilotage orders

      1. 9.Power of Secretary of State to make pilotage orders

      2. 10.Procedure connected with making and coming into force of pilotage orders

    5. Powers of pilotage authorities

      1. 11.General powers of pilotage authorities

      2. 12.Licensing of pilots

      3. 13.Employment of pilots by pilotage authorities

      4. 14.Pilotage charges

      5. 15.Power of pilotage authorities to make byelaws

      6. 16.Power of Secretary of State as respects byelaws

    6. Other provisions relating to pilotage authorities

      1. 17.Licensing of pilots by pilotage authority not to involve any liability

      2. 18.Receipts and expenses of pilotage authority

      3. 19.Returns and statements of accounts of pilotage authorities

    7. Masters' and First Mates' Certificates

      1. 20.Grant of masters' and first mates' certificates by pilotage authorities

      2. 21.Refusal and revocation of pilotage certificates

      3. 22.Provision with respect to foreign certificates of competency

    8. Supplementary Provisions as to Licences and Certificates

      1. 23.Form of pilot's licence and production and return of licence to pilotage authority

      2. 24.Suspension or revocation of a pilot's licence or a pilotage certificate

      3. 25.Appeal to Secretary of State by pilot, master or first mate, against action of pilotage authority

      4. 26.Appeal to court by pilot against action of pilotage authority

    9. Special provisions as to the Trinity House

      1. 27.Trinity House outport districts

      2. 28.Trinity House Pilot Fund

      3. 29.Collection of pilotage charges in Port of London by officers of Customs and Excise

  3. Part II Principal Pilotage Provisions

    1. Compulsory Pilotage

      1. 30.Compulsory pilotage

      2. 31.Compulsory pilotage; transitory provisions

      3. 32.Exemption from compulsory pilotage of ships belonging to certain public authorities

      4. 33.Provision as to ships calling at a port for the purpose only of taking pilot; transitory provisions

      5. 34.Construction of references to pilotage district in which pilotage is compulsory; transitory provisions

      6. 35.Liability of owner or master in case of a vessel under pilotage

    2. Provisions with respect to Licensed Pilots

      1. 36.Right of licensed pilot to supersede unlicensed persons

      2. 37.Declaration as to draught etc. of ship

      3. 38.Provision as to ships within a harbour, dock, etc

      4. 39.Provision as to ships in closed dock etc.; transitory provisions

      5. 40.Copies of pilotage provisions to be furnished to pilots

      6. 41.Licensed pilot not to be taken out of his district

      7. 42.Limitation of liability of pilots, and of pilotage authorities as employers

      8. 43.Obligation on licensed pilot to produce his licence to employer

      9. 44.Penalty on fraudulent use of licence

    3. Pilot Boats and Pilot Signals

      1. 45.Approval of pilot boats

      2. 46.Pilot boats to fly pilot flag

      3. 47.Display of pilot flag when pilot is on board ship

      4. 48.Penalty on ordinary boat displaying pilot flag

      5. 49.Signals to be displayed by ships requiring a pilot

      6. 50.Obligation to display signal for pilot in certain circumstances

      7. 51.Facilities to be given for pilot getting on board and leaving ship

    4. Offences by Pilots

      1. 52.Penalty on pilot endangering ship, life, or limb

      2. 53.Penalty on person obtaining charge of a ship by misrepresentation

      3. 54.Offences by pilots

  4. Part III Liability of Pilotage Authorities for Loss or Damage to Vessels or Goods, etc

    1. Limitation of liability

      1. 55.Limitation of liability

      2. 56.Limitation of liability where several claims on one occasion

      3. 57.Power of courts to consolidate claims

      4. 58.Rights of pilotage authorities as owners of ships

      5. 59.Exclusion of funds for benefit of pilots etc

      6. 60.Exclusion of funds of authorities acting in dual capacity

      7. 61.Exclusion of funds of certain Trinity Houses

    2. Interpretation

      1. 62.Provision for pilotage authority for more than one district

  5. Part IV Miscellaneous and General

    1. Recovery, etc. of Pilotage Charges

      1. 63.Recovery of pilotage charges

      2. 64.Receiving or offering improper rates of pilotage

      3. 65.Pilotage rate for leading ships

    2. Supplementary

      1. 66.Application of Board of Trade Arbitrations, etc. Act 1874

      2. 67.Orders, rules and regulations

      3. 68.Interpretation

      4. 69.Transitional provisions, savings, amendments and repeals

      5. 70.Short title, citation, extent and commencement

    1. Schedule 1

      Further provisions relating to constitution etc. of Pilotage Commission

    2. Schedule 2

      Transitional provisions and savings

    3. Schedule 3


    4. Schedule 4


Back to top


Print Options


Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.


Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enactedversion that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources