Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC)

To apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate please download, complete and return the following forms:

PEC Application Form (HHA.PEC01) x 1
(PDF/Microsoft Word)

Letter of Agreement (PDF)

Please note:

  • Applications must be completed in block capitals with black ink and written in English
  • Photocopies of certificates of competency and medical certificate, showing expiry date should be returned with the application, but applicants will be required to produce originals at the examination.
  • The person countersigning the form must hold a senior position (Director, Marine Superintendent, Personnel Manager, etc.) with the owning or managing company, and be authorised to sign for or on behalf of the owner or manager that the details entered by the officer are correct.
  • Exemption from pilotage is granted, after successful examination, to bona fide deck officer of ships.
  • No payment should be enclosed with the application. An invoice will be issued after initial issue or annual renewal of the certificate.
  • Pilotage Exemption Certificates are valid for one year from the issue date, and will be sent direct to the owners/managers.

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Returning your application

Once completed, signed, countersigned and stamped with the company stamp, please return to the Marine Department via email: [email protected] or via post to: 

Marine Department
Harwich Haven Authority
Navigation House
Angel Gate
CO12 3EJ
United Kingdom

Tel: 01255 243030

When your application has been reviewed, you will be required to attend a PEC induction meeting at a mutually convenient date and time.


Applicants should familiarise themselves with the study materials below.