The territorial waters of Belize is compulsory pilotage waters and all ships operating in those waters must do so under the pilotage of a license pilot. Expect those specified under the Belize Port Authority Act.
Failure to do so will deem the ship liable to a fine, in addition to the pilotage fee, levied as a charge by the Authority.
- Had completed not less than five (5) years of apprenticeship under the supervision of a qualified pilot;
- Had served no less than six (6) years as a Master of a home trade or coastal ship of not less than twenty-five tons registered tonnage;
- Applicant must provide 2 reference letters;
- Applicant must provide a medical certificate showing his physical fitness, sight and hearing;
- Applicant must pay the examination fee and complete the necessary examinations.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Report when they have embarked a vessel.
- Report when they have gotten underway indicating whether they are inbound or outbound.
- Report when they have arrived at anchorage, alongside or at mooring (at the end of the evolution).
- Report when they are about to disembark a vessel.
- Report any emergency experienced onboard (loss of steering, loss of power, failure of electronic aids to navigation, fires, injuries etc.
- Report any grounding, collision, near-miss or moved without the permission of the Commissioner.
- Report any issues with aids to navigation in the prescribed format: working dull, not working, out of position or missing.
- All reports and request must be made to the authority through the National Maritime Communication Center (NMCC).
Please note: Any person whose application was not approved or the licence was cancelled by the Authority should not proceed to carry on duties of a pilot.
Any person who refuses to comply with such regulation will be liable upon summary conviction to six months imprisonment and fine.