Deep Sea Pilotage Services

Since 1947 George Hammond PLC has managed a deep sea pilotage service, which is supported by an established pool of full-time British Pilots. All our pilots are annually licensed by Trinity House for all areas around UK and North Sea and have substantial command experience and ECDIS trained. With their unrivalled navigational knowledge of English Channel and North European waters, all Hammond pilot offer significant economic benefits to owners and operators & enhances the Bridge Management Team, by advising on the safest and most direct route to next local pilot boarding position thereby saving distance, bunkers, time & cost.

Normal boarding stations are at Brixham, Cherbourg or Skagen or at any other European Port to suit your preference.

Brixham pilot station
2 miles NE Berry Head (Lat 50 25.0’N, Long 001 42.0W)
VHF Channel 09 – Brixham Pilots
Cherbourg pilot station
Normal rendez-vous position
2 miles E of CH1 bouy (Lat 49 43.5’N Long 001 42.0’W)
Tankers / Chemical Tankers
7 miles N Cherbourg Breakwaters (Lat 49 47.2N Long 001 39.0W)
VHF Channel 12 – Cherbourg Signal Station

The Deep Sea Pilot will normally remain onboard throughout vessels North European rotation, disembarking at Brixham on outbound voyage.

Vessels requiring a Deep Sea Pilot should send request 72hrs/48hrs/24hrs notice of ETA nominating preferred boarding station or port.

British Admiralty charts & publications can be supplied upon request.

A Hammond Deep Sea Pilot fully recognises commercial pressures placed on owners, operators, Masters and crew and with their unparallel experience is able to assist to meet those demands by suggesting optimum routings, both saving time and indeed bunkers.


Did you know that:

The Strait of Dover is the busy seaway in the world with in excess of 400 vessels passing through each day, as well as 65 cross channel ferries from the Port of Dover alone and numerous fishing vessels.
At the narrowest point it is only 21 miles wide.

Solution :
A Hammond Pilot
As recommended by IMO Resolution A486 (xii)
EEC Directive 791/115/EEC


“A Hammond Pilot is with you all the way”


Contact Info

+44 (0)1304 201201
+44 (0)1304 240374
George Hammond PLC
Hammond House
Limekiln Street
Kent CT17 9EF

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