Pilotage is not compulsory for transit vessels but It is strongly recommended that pilots be used during navigation through the Straits so as to minimize the risk of accidents as much as possible.

If ships called any Marmara sea ports or going to Marmara sea ports, Pilotage is compulsory for Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.

Pilot Embarkation / Disembarkation Places

North of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Black sea side) pilot embarkation place: Pilot embarkation is carried out between the positions Lat. 41 deg. 12.30 N; Long. 29 deg. 06.70 E and Lat. 41 deg. 15 15N; Long 29 deg. 07.94 E on the Line of Southern traffic direction, subject to weather conditions.

North of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Black sea side) pilot disembarkation place: Pilot disembarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position

South of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Marmara sea side) pilot embarkation place: Pilot embarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position

South of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Marmara sea side) pilot disembarkation place: Pilot disembarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position

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