Larne Port, as a Competent Harbour Authority within the meaning of the Pilotage Act 1987, and in the exercise of its powers under Section 7 of that Act, gives the following Pilotage Directions to the Masters of vessels in the Larne Pilotage District
In order to maintain and enhance safety of navigation within the Larne Harbour statutory harbour area, it is important that Masters and watchkeepers are aware of current Larne Port Byelaws, Directions and Notices to Mariners. It is therefore vital that owners and agents ensure that all such relevant information and publications are promptly distributed to vessels.
It is the duty of the Master of a vessel to which a Pilotage Direction applies to comply with that Direction. Failure by the Master of a vessel to comply with a general direction or special direction shall be guilty of an offence, and renders that person liable, on conviction, to a fine up to level 4 on the standard scale. However, it is a defence for the Master of a vessel to prove that he had reasonable grounds for supposing that compliance with the Direction in question would be likely to imperil his vessel or that in the circumstance’s compliance was impracticable.
Mariners are reminded that all communications with Larne Port Control, CCTV and radar images may be recorded in the Larne Port Control.
The Port of Larne (Pilotage Functions) Order 2002 authorised Larne Harbour Limited to be the competent harbour authority for the purposes of the Pilotage Act 1987 and the following Pilotage Directions now apply to vessels when navigating in Larne Pilotage District.
For pilotage directions at Larne Port, please refer to the latest version of the Port’s Pilotage Manual which contains not just pilotage directions, but also regulations to the directions.
The Harbour Master may temporarily suspend any of these Directions from time to time without notice as, in his opinion, may be necessary.