Mandatory pilotage in Greenland


Order no. 1697 for Greenland on the safe navigation, etc. of ships issued by the Danish Maritime Authority stipulates the following:

"Ships carrying more than 250 passengers shall, in connection with voyages in the inner and outer territorial waters around Greenland (i.e. to a distance of 3 nautical miles from the baseline), take a pilot certified to perform pilotage assignments in the area concerned.

Ships may be permitted to navigate without a pilot if the applicant documents that he has the necessary qualifications and experience navigating the waters concerned."

Application for exemption from the mandatory pilotage requirement

Applications for exemptions must relate to a specific voyage by a specific ship with a specific crew.
Applications for exemptions are made by the shipowner.

In order for a ship to be exempted from the mandatory pilotage requirement, it must be ensured that the relevant part of the bridge team has the experience needed from the ship type applied for, solid experience navigating polar areas, long-term experience navigating Greenland waters (including ice conditions, the nature of the waters and weather conditions), and in-depth knowledge about the area of navigation applied for.
 
In order to be exempted from the mandatory pilotage requirement, the applicant must therefore document that the relevant part of the bridge team meet the following:

  • The person concerned must have completed 2 years' navigational experience as a senior officer on board ships where he was required to hold a certificate of competency at the same level as that required for the ship applied for.
  • The person concerned must, in general, have completed 360 days at sea as a navigating officer in polar areas or areas of a similar nature during the last 5 years. At least 180 of these days at sea must have taken place in Greenland waters.
  • The person concerned must, in general, have been responsible for the voyage* as a master or a navigating officer at least 10 times in the area of navigation applied for. This is required to secure sufficient local knowledge.

In order to ensure that the provisions on hours of rest are met during the voyage applied for, it may be necessary to forward applications for several members of the bridge team.
 
It is possible for a shipowner to apply for an exemption of longer duration (up to one calendar year) for ships with at least 120 annual days at sea in Greenland waters.
 
* A voyage is defined as a passage of the local voyage area applied for or as arrival at or departure from a port/village in the voyage area applied for.
 
Senior officers can use this template as documentation of navigational experience.

 Contact

Safety of Navigation, National Waters
Frank Adler Gottlieb, Pilotage Superintendent
+45 72 19 61 77