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Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC's)

Important notes – please read before applying.

  • All PEC’s are awarded subject to a theory examination and practical assessment. For full details of the PEC application process, please refer to the PLA Regulations & Guidance Webpage for current PLA Pilotage Directions.
  • Applicants for a PEC must first register their intention to study, obtaining a PEC Reference Number against which their training trips may be recorded. It is also a requirement that the candidate keeps a log of trips, countersigned by the attending pilot, which must be produced prior to the examination.
  • A PEC will be awarded subject to a PEC Contractual Agreement first being in place between the PLA and the Operator of the Applicant’s vessel(s). This should be signed by a senior member of the company employing the Applicant.

To request a Pilotage Exemption Certificate Reference Number, please email [email protected].

Harbour Master Team
Port of London Authority
London River House
Royal Pier Road
Kent DA12 2BG UK

Tel.      +44 (0)1474 562205

For an new applications, agreements and details please download information here Application Form.

Applicants may also wish to view the list of PEC Study Materials available for download from this website.

For renewal of an existing PEC, please use the PEC Renewal Form and Tripping Form.

The PLA offers a two-hour Introduction Course for PEC applicants at its Port Control Centre in Gravesend. For further information please email [email protected].


Class B Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC B) - Please click here for information relating to the PEC B and how to apply.