Although the pilot today has access to increasingly advanced digital tools, it is still expertise around fairways and coasts, weather conditions and sailing routines that are the main product offered by the pilot and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
The pilotage service performs about 40,000 assignments a year, from 25 pilot stations located nationwide from Svinesund to Grense Jakobselv.
The general rule is that all vessels with a length of 70 metres or more are subject to compulsory pilotage when operating in waters within the baselines.
The pilot fee calculator
The pilotage service is user-financed. Find out how much you have to pay in pilot fees and security fees by using the fee calculator.
Book a pilot
Pilot bookings are made electronically in the SafeSeaNet Norway messaging service.
Download the Norwegian Coastal Administration's digital sailing routes free of charge at the digital route service routeinfo.no.
Three pilot dispatch centres plan and prioritise pilot assignments, and are the point of contact of shipping.