On 16th Marh 2012 the Faroese government passed a new act on pilotage into Faroese ports.
With an aim to improve safety and to prevent pollution in Faroese near coastal waters,
Parliamentary Act No. 21 stipulates mandatory pilotage for ships of given types and size.
The requirement to request pilotage applies to the following ships:
Ships of 500 GRT and larger
Oil, gas and chemical ships, irrespective of size
Irrespective of size, ships carrying dangerous goods as per the IMDG Code
Ships sailing with
– dirty tanks that have not been inerted
– more than 1000 tons of bunker oil on board
– radio active material.
The obligation to request pilotage as stipulated in § 1 of the Act does not apply to:
Faroese fishing vessels,
Fishery protection vessels in service for Faroese authorities
Royal ships and transport boats
Inter islands ferries, and
Ships on board which the officer on duty has a valid Pilot Exemption Certificate
When sailing into Faroese ports, you may apply to the authorities for a Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) by means of the linked Application Form
To inform yourself on the Faroese legislation on pilotage, please visit the links to
The Parliamentary Act.
The Executive Order on pilotage, fees, etc
The pilot is taken aboard at Golf pos 62°14’N 006°45’W
The pilot also uses VHF channel 16 for call-up and channel 12 as working channel.
Pilot is available 24 hours