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Applicants for Pilots Licences

The Port of Cork Company, as the Pilotage Authority for the Cork Pilotage District, invites applications from suitably qualified persons to be included on a panel of approved applicants for Pilots’ Licences.



1. Every Pilot shall observe these Bye-laws and shall obey all lawful orders given by the Company, the Harbour Master, or the Deputy Harbour Master and shall observe and act in accordance with all Bye-laws in force in relation to the Port of Cork.

2. Every Pilot shall be under the direct control of the Harbour Master or the Deputy Harbour Master acting under the directions of the Company and apart from the actual piloting of vessels, every Pilot shall in so far as not inconsistent with these Bye-laws or any rules formulated by the Company in consultation with the pilots, carry out all directions of the Harbour Master or the Deputy Harbour Master.

3. Every Pilot shall conduct himself in a courteous and professional manner at all times.

4. A Pilot shall not pilot any outward-bound vessel beyond the limits of the Pilotage District.

5. A Pilot shall not absent himself from duty without the permission of the Harbour Master or the Deputy Harbour Master.

6. Every Pilot shall use his utmost skill and diligence to conduct every vessel which he may be piloting without damage to his own or any other vessel, duly observing the Collision Regulations, and the Company’s Bye-laws. He shall not, except in exceptional circumstances, lay the vessel aground without a written order from the Owner or Master.  He shall not leave the vessel until the pilotage service is completed

7. Every Pilot, if any accident has happened to or been caused by any vessel of which he was pilot shall, 

(i) Immediately Inform Port Operations 

(ii) Without delay, report the facts, in writing to the Harbour Master or Deputy Harbour Master.  All such reports shall be treated as confidential by the Company.

8. Whenever a Pilot observes any alteration in any of the banks or channels, or that any of the buoys or beacons have been driven away, broken down, damaged or out of place, or any circumstance affecting the safety of navigation, he shall forthwith inform Port Operations, who in turn will advise the Harbour Master.

9. Every Pilot when on duty shall carry with him, identification as supplied by the Company.

10. Every Pilot on boarding a vessel shall report himself to the Master or person in charge of the vessel and produce identification if demanded.

11. Every Pilot, before boarding a vessel shall acquaint himself with the latest traffic and navigational information for The Port. On boarding a vessel, he shall demand particulars of her draft and state of readiness of engines and navigational aids. The Pilot/Master exchange card must be completed and signed by both the pilot and master. The pilot must satisfy himself that the draft is safe for the vessel to proceed and lie at any designated berth. Any deficiencies, which impact on the safe navigation of the vessel, must be reported to the Harbour Master or the Deputy Harbour Master.

12. Every Pilot on completion of a pilotage service shall tender for signature to the Master of the vessel, a Pilot's Report Card (Pilot/Master Exchange), and shall deliver the same to the Company's Office at Cobh, or such other place as the Company may from time to time direct.  A Pilot shall deliver his Pilot’s Report Card (Pilot/Master Exchange) not later than the day following the day on which the service is performed unless, for some serious reason, he is unable to do so. 

13. In the case of a disagreement or dispute between the master of a vessel and the pilot on board, a pilot shall refer such disagreement to the Harbour Master or the Deputy Harbour Master who shall advise the course of action to be taken.

14. Every Pilot shall take particular care that Masters of vessels under their charge do not cause any oil, oily water mix or any garbage to be discharged into the waters of The Port. Should any discharges come to the pilot’s attention, he shall report the same to Port Operations as soon as possible.

15. Every pilot when in charge of a vessel shall, instruct the Master of the vessel to maintain a radio listening watch on the port working channel, VHF Channel 12.

16. (a) A Pilot absent from duty through illness shall submit within 72 hours of the commencement of such absence, a medical certificate to the Company, and thereafter such further medical certificates as the Company may require.  The Company reserves the right to refer a pilot for a medical examination.
(b) (i)The Company may make regulations governing Pilots, absent from duty through illness, provided that no allowances shall be payable to a Pilot who may be rendered unfit for duty owing to his own misconduct.
          (ii)The holder of a Pilot’s Licence, shall not add to or in any way alter such licence, or make or alter any endorsement thereon, or at any time lend such licence, or authorise any person to act thereunder.


17. Every pilot will be supplied with approved flotation equipment and a man-overboard PBL, every pilot when boarding and disembarking from vessels and the pilot boat and while on board the pilot boat shall wear such equipment.

18. Pilots will be supplied with uniform clothing, and where practicable every Pilot when on duty shall wear such uniform.


 A person (other than a Pilot licensed by the Company at the date of the coming into operation of these Bye-laws) shall not be licensed as a Pilot, unless and until he satisfies the following conditions:-

 (a) That he is a national of a Member State of the European Communities (within the meaning of the European Communities Act, 1972), 

 (b) That, when on duty, and not carrying out pilot duties the Pilot is available for duty within 15 minutes. 

 (c) That he has satisfied the Company that he possesses the qualifications detailed in Bye-law No 5 of these Bye-laws (see below).


  A candidate for a Pilot's License:-

 (a) Must hold a valid minimum qualification of Certificate of Competency as Master/Chief Officer (500 to 3000 GT, no area limitations) as outlined in the STCW 95 reg. 11/2

 (b) Must be of sober habits and good character.

 (c) Must produce a Medical Certificate from an approved medical examiner affirming that the candidate meets the requirements as set out in Appendix B of these byelaws or a medical certificate from a Medical Practitioner approved by the Company that complies with the requirements set out in Appendix B. 

 (d) Must furnish satisfactory proof that he has not less that eight years' relevant experience at sea and has acted as Master or Chief Officer of a vessel for at least six months.

Source: Port of Cork