We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies. Close


Modern Maritime Law and Risk Management

CHAPTER 16 THE LAW OF HARBOURS AND PILOTAGE 1 INTRODUCTION With the ever-increasing demands for safer ships, cleaner seas and prevention of environmental damage in coastal waters by marine casualties, the role of harbour authorities in ensuring that such demands are met is very important. It is equally important for them to maintain their ports in a safe condition and with adequate facilities, so that accidents to ships using them can be prevented. Manoeuvring in or out of a port can be quite difficult without the guidance of expert pilots, or harbour masters, who know local waters. There are various statutes and by-laws, which regulate the rights and obligations of harbours in making ports safe, preventing accidents and dealing with dangerous or unsafe ships, taking care of environmental safety and performing many other functions. Not only has the British Government charted a new course on port marine operations 1 - which includes accountability of port authorities, risk assessment and management, contingency plans and emergency response, management of navigation and pilotage - but parallel proposals towards a coherent policy on ports and maritime infrastructures have also been made by the European Commission. 2

The rest of this document is only available to i-law.com online subscribers.

If you are already a subscriber, please enter your details below to log in.

Enter your email address to log in as a user on your corporate account.
Remember me on this computer

Not yet an i-law subscriber?


Request a trial Find out more