COMPULSORY PILOTAGE


@@@@@The compulsory pilotage areas in Japan are broadly divided into two categories; i.e., the compulsory areas in ports and those in waters including channels, straits and adjacent port(s).

AREA

VESSEL

Port
Areas
Category A
  • Yokosuka
  • Sasebo
  • Naha
(*)
  • Vessels of foreign registry with gross tonnage 300 tons or more,
  • Vessels of Japanese registry with gross tonnage 300 tons or above engaged in international voyages or
  • Vessels of Japanese registry with gross tonnage 1,000 tons or above engaged in domestic service.
  • Yokohama-Kawasaki
  • Vessels with gross tonnage 3,000 tons or above.
  • Vessels carrying dangerous goods are the same as (*).
  • Kanmon (Berthing/Unberthing vessels)
  • Vessels with gross tonnage 3,000 tons. Vessels loaded with dangerous goods and Vessels entering/leaving sections 1 - 4 of Wakamatsu are the same as (*).
Waters Category B
  • Tokyo Bay (including Ports of Tokyo, Chiba and Kisarazu)
  • Ise-Mikawa Bay (including Ports of Nagoya, Yokkaichi, Kinuura and Mikawa)
  • Osaka Bay (including Ports of Kobe, Osaka, Hannan and Akashi Strait)
  • Bisanseto (including Port of Mizushima)
  • Kurushima Strait
  • Kanmon Channel (Passing vessels)
  • Vessels with gross tonnage 10,000 tons or above.


PILOTAGE CERTIFICATE

Certification

@@@@@Shipmasters who wish to navigate in compulsory pilotage area without pilot shall have pilotage certificate.
@@@@@Pilotage certificates for the fore-mentioned compulsory pilotage areas are given to masters meeting the following requirements:
  • Masters serving in vessels of Japanese registry or vessels flying flags other than Japanese flags but chartered (time-chartered vessels to be excluded) by a person or persons who are entitled to own Japanese flag vessels.
  • Masters recognized by the competent District Transport Bureau to have been engaged in navigation in the pilotage district in question, aboard vessel to which the *gross tonnage restrictions (See below) within such particular compulsory pilotage area apply, four times or more (in the case of the Kanmon compulsory pilotage area, six times of more).

[Note] Tonnage restrictions.
Masters wishing to have certificate available for:
  • vessel up to 20,000 GRT shall have experience aboard vessel less than 20,000 GRT.
  • vessel more than 20,000 GRT shall have experience aboard vessel more than 20,000 GRT.


COMPULSORY PILOTAGE AREAS

@@@[Note] *Areas are omitted.


TOKYO BAY
e.4-1


ISE MIKAWA BAY
e.4-2


OSAKA BAY
e.4-3


INLAND SEA
e.4-4


KANMON CHANNEL
e.4-5