The harbour’s pilot boat provides pilotage services as well as facilitating crew changes and bay services.

For vessels in port a minimum or one hours’ notice is required for a pilot, for vessels arriving please see our conditions of pilotage. All port movements are controlled from the Marine Watch Tower situated on the West Pier close to the harbour entrance. Vessels entering, leaving or moving within the harbour must report on VHF Channel 12. Port radar is also in operation.

The harbour has easy access and safe berthing for a range of vessels up to the port maximum limit with approximately 2.5 miles of usable quayside. Commercial vessels over 50m in length will be berthed on the North Pier. Maximum size of vessel afloat at all times is 92 metres x 16 metres and 6.2 metres draught. Larger vessels may be accommodated at the Harbour Masters discretion.

PILOTAGE REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF SECTION 7 OF THE PILOTAGE ACT OF 1987

Harbour Users are reminded that in the interests of Safety, pilotage is compulsory within the limits of Fraserburgh Harbour for seagoing vessels on the following basis:

  • All oil tankers
  • All vessels whose gross tonnage exceeds 300 tonnes
  • Vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his assistants, are defective, damaged or handicapped to such an extent that they ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety.
  • All vessels which, in the opinion of the Harbour Master or any of his assistants ought not to be navigated without a pilot, having due regard to the interests of safety, where an obstruction has been caused within the harbour due to the occurrence of an accident or the presence of a wreck or other similar cause.
  • All vessels carrying more than one tonne of explosives of IMO Class 1 category.
  • All vessels carrying hazardous cargoes or dangerous goods in bulk in quantities of 100 tonnes or more.
  • This direction (these regulations) does (do) not apply to a vessel falling within the above descriptions whose Master or Mate holds a valid Pilotage Exemption Certificate in respect of that vessel, nor to ships whose length is less than 20 metres and fishing vessels calling regularly at the harbour whose registered length is less than 75 metres.

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