ABSTRACT of the regulations for obtaining a pilot for vessels with a draft less than 17,37 m. (57”00”) arriving at Maas Centre.
E.T.A. to: PILOTVTS ROTTERDAM via (in order of preference)
Telex: no 26751(dirk.nl)
Phone: +31(0)10 414 42 22 (Dirkzwager Maassluis)
VTS / Maas Approach VHF Ch. 01.
Departures and Shifting
E.T.D. to: Captainsroom Rotterdam Port Authority via (in order of preference).
Phone: +31(0)10 252 24 33 / VHF Ch. 19.
Operational matters Pilot service
Please contact Chief Pilot in charge (24-hours service)
Phone: +31(0) 88 900 3117
Fax: +31(0) 88 900 3119
Special orders helicopter service – 4 hours in advance
Download: Operational safety criteria for receiving a pilot by helicopter.pdf
E.T.A. / E.T.D. messages
a. E.T.A. messages compulsory, at least 6 hours before arrival at the pilot station.
b. Deep draught vessels (> 17,37 meters) have to announce their E.T.A. at least 72 hours before arrival at the rendez-vous position (52*N/03*E). A more specified E.T.A. report is required.
c. E.T.D. messages compulsory, at least 3 hours before departure.
d. Deviations in E.T.A. of more than 1 hour to be reported.
Download: E.T.A. message deep draught vessels.pdf
CONTENTS of E.T.A. message
IMO standard – Res. A 648(16)
A: Ship’s name & callsign.
B: Date & time group transmission of E.T.A. (first 2 digits: date, last 4 digits: time. UTC if default, state if LOCAL time).
I: Date & time group (see above) expected at boarding position and the words MAAS CENTRE.
J: Request pilot.
O: Deepest draft in meters and centimetres (4 digits).
U: Length o.a. & GT.
Non-compliance with these regulations might cause delay and / or extra costs.