Pilot Ordering Information

The Houston Pilots require a minimum 4 hour notice for a vessel movement. We recommend as much notice as possible for vessels that are daylight restricted or require special consideration. To change a scheduled movement without penalty on a sailing we require a two hour notice, and for an arrival we require a four hour notice. Cancellation charges are listed in the Pilot Tariffs section. Pure Car Carriers and vessels with obstructed visibility must have a U.S.C.G. “Special Traffic Management Request” approved before a pilot will be assigned. The S.T.M.R. must be submitted 12 hours prior to the vessel entering the restricted area. The restricted area is all docks above Boggy Bayou.

The content of this website is for informational purposes only. When navigating a vessel upon the Houston Ship Channel, Houston Pilots recommend that the operator rely on the advice of the individually licensed pilot on board the vessel. Houston Pilots do not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this website. Information received from third parties such as weather, tides, current, channel depth, dock characteristics, harbor tug characteristics, line handling, etc. should be verified by consulting the appropriate entity such as the Port of Houston Authority, individual private dock owners, the U.S. Coast Guard, N.O.A.A, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and tug operators such as Bay-Houston Towing and Suderman & Young.

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