Pilot orders are normally placed by locally based ship agents/representatives who hold established accounts with the Houston Pilots.
The Houston Pilots require a minimum of four hours' notice for a vessel movement. We recommend as much notice as possible for vessels that are daylight restricted or require special consideration.
If you have already ordered a Houston Pilot for an inbound or outbound ship and need to change a scheduled movement without penalty, the Houston Pilots require:
If you need to cancel, cancellation charges are listed in the Tariffs.
Pure Car Carriers and vessels with obstructed visibility must have a United States Coast Guard Special Traffic Management Request (STMR) approved before a pilot will be assigned. The STMR must be submitted 12 hours prior to the vessel entering the restricted area. The restricted area is all docks above Boggy Bayou.