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Deep Sea Pilots/ Ice Pilots in the Baltic Sea and through the Sound

The Swedish Maritime Administration offers a first class pilot service for vessels in- and outbound the Baltic Sea, to ports in the Baltic Sea and through the Sound between Sweden and Denmark.

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The Sweden Maritime Administration are 9001-certified since 2003 and all Swedish pilots are trained by IMO resolution A.1081. Our aim is to provide the best service for vessels that wish a safe passage in or out of the Baltic sea. The navigational route through the Sound is shorter and will benefit in both time and money compared to using Route T (Great Belt). The pilot service should be ordered 24 hours in advance.

We also offer pilot services:

  • from all Swedish ports.
  • to all ports in the Baltic Sea area.
  • in- and outbound in the Baltic Sea area.

For more information, read our terms and conditions.

Deep sea pilotage & ice pilotage

Limitation for passing the route through the Sound

Maximal draught: 7,2 meter. Density 1,006 - 1,008. 
Maximal air-draught: 55 meter.

Additional services

The Swedish Maritime Administration also offers crew-change solutions and transit pilot to harbors all around the Baltic Sea. Please contact us for more information.

Order Deep sea pilot through the Sound

Order Deep Sea Pilots/ Red Card

If you want to order deep sea pilotage further than Bornholm you are very welcome to contact South Coast Pilots:

E-mail: southcoastpilot@sjofartsverket.se
Phone: +46 (0)771-63 06 80

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Chart over deep sea pilotage in Öresund.

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Safety information

All ships using pilotservice provided by the Swedish Maritime Administration are requested to have pilot ladders rigged in strict accordance with SOLAS and International Marine Pilots Association (refer IMPA Pilot Ladder Arrangement Plan) requirements. 

Where the vessel's freeboard exceeds 9 metres, requiring a combination pilot ladder arrangement, the lower platform of the fixed "accommodation" ladder must be horizontal, about 6 metres above the water and be secured to the ship's side. The manropes and pilot ladder must be secured to the ship's side about one point five (1.5) metres above the fixed platform.

Contact us

It is also possible to order pilots via the following contact details:
E-mail: southcoastpilot@sjofartsverket.se
Phone: +46 (0)771-63 06 80

Address to our pilot stations in the Malmö Area.

Deep sea pilotage/ Red card

Last updated 2023-09-25