Keep a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 for VTS information and advice. Avoid unnecessary transmission on this channel.

Pilotage Advice

Pilotage Advice – plan ( or click here for link to .pdf  original)

Keep clear of the main shipping channel unless it is necessary to cross. If it is necessary to cross, do so in the crossing area, at right angles and as quickly as possible.

Use the waiting area until the Channel is clear to cross.

Inward bound craft intending to use the ‘Inshore Route’ should join it at the Avon Buoy.

Avoid a close quarters situation. Do not approach closer than 500 metres ahead and 200 metres astern or to the side of commercial vessels.

Be aware that larger vessels require considerable room for themselves and for their attendant tugs to manoeuvre.

Avoid using VHF Channels 8 and 72. These are used for ship/tug communications.

Commercial Vessels

Be aware of vessels entering and leaving Avonmouth and Portbury Docks.

Large deep draught vessels will generally make a direct approach to Portbury from the west on a flood tide.

Other vessels, including car carriers and all those vessels entering Avonmouth will generally swing to port off the entrance to the River Avon when entering on the flood tide.

Normally a direct approach from the west will be made on the ebb tide.

Commercial vessels will often pass within 200 metres of Portishead Point. Craft using the ‘Inshore Route’ should therefore remain well inshore to allow these vessels sufficient sea room.