Pilotage Services

1. General information

2. Information on the pilotage areas

     • Seaport of Astrakhan
     • Seaport of Olya
3. Procedure for provision of pilotage services
     • Procedure for provision of pilotage services in the seaport of Astrakhan
     • Procedure for provision of pilotage services in the seaport of Olya
4. Statistical information
5. Contact information

     1. General information

     The Astrakhan Branch of FSUE "Rosmorport" provides pilotage services to ships of all types engaged in ship entries to the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya.
Pilots service of the Astrakhan Branch consists of 62 pilots, of which 21 are marine pilots of the first category, and 41 workers are marine pilots of the second category.
     Specialists from the piloting service of the Astrakhan Branch have high qualification and extensive practical experience. The professional training of the Branch pilots complies with the requirements of the Regulation on sea pilots of the Russian Federation, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No.112 of 22.07.2008 "On Approval of the Regulation on Marine Pilots of the Russian Federation".
     Theoretical and simulator training during advanced training of marine pilots of the Astrakhan Branch is carried out in Russian educational institutions of professional education, in particular, in the Caspian Branch of the Federal State-Financed Educational Institution of Higher Education "Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University" (Astrakhan city).
     The pilots service of the Astrakhan Branch has the necessary vehicles and vessels for the timely delivery of pilots to the ship. 


     2. Information on the pilotage areas

 

     The seaport of Astrakhan

     In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No.5 of 11.01.2011 "On the establishment of the mandatory pilotage area for vessels in the seaport of Astrakhan" in the waters of the seaport of Astrakhan, within the boundaries established by order of the Government of the Russian Federation No.1977-r of 16.12.2009, the pilotage is mandatory for all Russian and foreign ships.

     In order to pay a pilot fee in the seaport of Astrakhan, the areas of piloting, carried out at sea mile rates, have the following boundaries:

     a) from the embarkation point of the pilot for vessels entering the seaport of Astrakhan from the sea, at 145.5 km VCMSC (Volga-Caspian marine shipping channel) at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E, to the berths and anchorages of the seaport of Astrakhan. The piloting route table and the length of piloting is attached.

     b) from the embarkation point of the pilot for vessels entering the seaport of Astrakhan from the sea, at 145.5 km of the VCMSC at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E, transiting through the water area of the seaport of Astrakhan to the inland waterways, to the area of ​the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River). The length of the piloting is 96.9 nautical miles.

     c) from the embarkation point of the pilot for vessels entering the seaport of Astrakhan from inland waterways in the area of ​the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River), to the berths and anchorages of the seaport of Astrakhan. The piloting route table and the length of piloting is attached.

     d) between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Astrakhan. The piloting route table and the length of piloting is attached.

     e) between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Astrakhan and between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Olya. The piloting route table and the length of piloting is attached.


Plan of pilotage route from the embarkation point to the berths of the seaport of Astrakhan Plan of pilotage route between the berths of the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya
Plan of pilotage route between the berths of the seaport of Astrakhan and from the point of pilot's embarkation

     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from a vessel following to/from the seaport of Astrakhan from/to the Caspian Sea is carried out at 145.5 km of the VCMSC at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E, and the embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport or at the anchoring sites and also when transiting through the seaport of Astrakhan in the area the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River).
     The embarkation/landing of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Astrakhan from/to the seaport of Olya is carried out at the berths in the seaport of Olya or in the anchorage areas, and the embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport of Astrakhan or at anchoring sites.
     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Astrakhan from/to the inland waterways is carried out in the region of 3029 km of the Volga River, and the embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport or at anchoring sites, and when transiting through the seaport of Astrakhan to the seaport of Olya at berths in the seaport or in the anchoring sites of the seaport of Olya, or when transiting through the seaport of Olya at 145.5 km VCMSC at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E.
     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel for piloting related to the hauling, shifting or other rearrangement of vessels is carried out at the berths of the seaport of Astrakhan or in the areas of anchoring sites.

     During winter navigation period, the embarkation point/landing of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Astrakhan from/to the Caspian Sea may change, of which the captain of the seaport of Astrakhan informs all vessel captains. During winter navigation period the piloting is carried out in ice conditions with the use of icebreakers of the Astrakhan Branch.


     The seaport of Olya


     In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No.222 of 11.07.2012 "On Approval of Mandatory Decisions in the seaport of Olya", the mandatory pilotage in the seaport of Olya must be carried out in the area from 65.3 kilometers of VCMSC (45°48' of north width, 47°32' of east longitude) up to 145 kilometer of VCMSC (45°08.4' of north width, 47°42.4' of east longitude).

     The area of optional piloting in the seaport of Olya is set from 145 kilometer of VCMSC (45°0.84' of north width, 47°42.4' of east longitude) up to 188 kilometer of VCMSC (44°45.8' of north width, 47°45.9' of east longitude).


     In order to pay the pilotage fee in the seaport of Olya, the areas of piloting, carried out at sea mile rates, have the following boundaries:

     a) from the embarkation point of the pilot for ships entering the seaport of Olya from the sea, at 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E, to the berths and anchorages of the seaport of Olya. The piloting route table and the length of piloting are attached.

     b) from the embarkation point of the pilot for ships entering the seaport of Olya from the sea, at 145.5 km of the VCMSC at the point with the following coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E, transiting through the water area of the seaport of Olya to the inland waterways, to the area of ​ ​ the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River). The length of the piloting is 96.9 nautical miles.

     c) from the embarkation point of the pilot for ships entering the seaport of Olya from inland waterways in the area of ​the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River) to the berths and anchorages of the seaport of Olya. The piloting route table and the length of piloting are attached.

     d) between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Olya. The piloting route table and the length of piloting are attached.

     e) between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Olya and between berths and anchorages of the seaport of Astrakhan. The piloting route table and the length of piloting are attached.

     f) from the point of the pilot receiving in the area of ​ ​optional piloting at the point with coordinates: W=44°45.8'N, L=47°45.9'E to the point of the pilot receiving for vessels entering the seaport of Olya or seaport of Astrakhan from the sea, at 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E. The length of the piloting is 23.2 nautical miles.

 

Plan of pilotage route from the embarkation point to the berths of the seaport of Olya Plan of pilotage route from the embarkation point to the berths of the seaport of Olya
Plan of pilotage routes between the berths of the seaport of Olya
Plan of pilotage routes between the berths of the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya Plan of the pilotage route in the area of non-compulsory pilotage in the seaport of Olya

     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Olya from/to the Caspian Sea:

     a) to pass the area of ​mandatory piloting - on 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E;

     b) to pass the area of ​optional piloting - on 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with coordinates: W=44°45.8'N, L=47°45.9'E,

and the embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport or at the anchoring sites of the seaport of Olya, and when transiting through the waters of the seaport of Olya at the berths or at the anchoring sites of the seaport of Astrakhan, and when transiting and through the waters of the seaport of Astrakhan near the Streletskoye stopping point (3029 km of the Volga River).
     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Olya from/to the seaport of Astrakhan is carried out at the berths in the seaport of Astrakhan or in the anchoring sites, and the embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport of Olya or at anchoring sites.
     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Olya from/to the inland waterways is carried out in the area of​ 3029 km of the Volga River, and the embarkation/disembarkation of pilot from/to the vessel is carried out at the berths of the seaport of Olya or at anchoring sites, and when transiting through the seaport of Olya:

     a) when passing the area of ​mandatory piloting - on 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with coordinates: W=45°08.4'N, L=47°42.4'E;

     b) when passing the area of ​optional piloting - on 145.5 kilometer of VCMSC at the point with coordinates: W=44°45.8'N, L=47°45.9'E,
     The embarkation/disembarkation of a pilot on/from the vessel for inner seaport piloting related to the hauling, shifting or other rearrangement of vessels is carried out at the berths of the seaport of Olya or in the areas of anchoring sites.

     During winter navigation period, the embarkation point/landing of pilot on/from the vessel following to/from the seaport of Olya from/to the Caspian Sea may change, as the captain of the seaport of Astrakhan informs all vessel captains. During winter navigation period the piloting is carried out in ice conditions with the use of icebreakers of the Astrakhan Branch. 


     3. Procedure for provision of pilotage services

 

     Procedure for provision of pilotage services in the seaport of Astrakhan.

     The pilotage services of vessels in the seaport of Astrakhan is carried out by the Astrakhan Branch 24/7 in accordance with the requirements of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Astrakhan approved by the order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 74 of 22.03.2012(hereinafter - Compulsory Regulations in the Seaport of Astrakhan) based on applications of shipowners/marine agents in order of priority of application submittion.

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Astrakhan the following vessels are exempt from mandatory pilotage in the seaport of Astrakhan:
     - icebreakers;
     - vessels carrying out maintenance and supplies of vessels located in the seaport and on approaches to it, infrastructure facilities of the seaport;
     - vessels less than 20 meters long;
     - passenger vessels sailing exclusively in water areas of the seaport as well as outside the seaport, returning to the same seaport, provided that the one-time stay of the vessel outside the seaport does not exceed 72 hours;
     - vessels entering the seaport from inland waterways and leaving the seaport of Astrakhan on inland waterways without entering the VCMSC, on the water areas of the seaport of Astrakhan from 3029 kilometer to 3063.7 kilometer of the Volga River;

     - vessels shifting from berth to berth in the seaport of Astrakhan, carrying out the change of mooring places, following from the berths of the seaport of Astrakhan to the anchorage sites and vice versa, except for oil vessels and passenger vessels (except for local passenger vessels).
     In accordance with the order of the captain of the seaport of Astrakhan No.33 of 06.04.2011 "On approval of the piloting procedure for vessels in the seaport of Astrakhan", vessels can also be exempted from mandatory pilotage, which captains, in accordance with the established procedure, have the right to sail without a pilot in the waters of the seaport of Astrakhan.

        Pilotage services in the seaport of Astrakhan, for which harbor dues are levied, are provided by the Astrakhan Branch in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract for provision of services to ensure navigation and vessels stay in the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya. The terms of the contract and the procedure for its conclusion are indicated in the section "Harbor dues and tariffs of the Astrakhan Branch".


     The application for piloting in the seaport of Astrakhan is submitted by the shipowner/marine agent to the Astrakhan Branch by fax: +7 (8512) 58-52-91, or in scanned form at the e-mail address: dispetcher@ast.rosmorport.ru for vessels:
     - entering the seaport of Astrakhan, for 24 hours before, and confirmed 4 hours before the vessel approaches the place of the reception of pilot;
     - leaving the seaport of Astrakhan, 24 hours before, and confirmed 4 hours before the planned departure of the vessel;
     - when changing the parking place of the vessel within the water area of the seaport of Astrakhan, 12 hours and confirmed 4 hours before the scheduled commencement of the movement of the vessel.

     The shipowner/marine agent can contact the duty pilot of the Astrakhan Branch by phone: +7 (8521) 58-41-26 in order to specify the time and point of embarkation/disembarkation of pilot on the vessel.

     The pilot of the Astrakhan Branch who arrived on board the ship to carry out pilotage in the seaport of Astrakhan presents to the captain of the ship a pilot's certificate confirming the right of the pilot of the branch to pilot the ship of the given displacement and navigation area and gives the captain a pilot's receipt, in which the fact of pilotage and possible captain's comments about pilot's work are noted. The captain of the vessel hands over to the pilot a pilot card of the vessel of the IMO standard with accurate data about the vessel, informs about the features of the controllability and condition of the vessel. Pilot receipts filled in and signed by the captain of the vessel serve as the basis for calculating the pilotage fee.

     The pilotage service of the Astrakhan Branch is not responsible for delays and demurrage of the vessel in cases when:

     - the application for pilotage was submitted in violation of the established deadlines for filing applications;
     - it is impossible to accept the pilot on board the vessel due to unfavorable hydrometeorological conditions.

     Cancellation of a previously submitted application must be made no later than 2 hours before the appointed time, about which the captain of the ship / shipowner / marine agent notifies the dispatcher of the Astrakhan branch by phone: +7 (8512) 58-41-26 and submits a new application for the piloting in the prescribed manner.

     If the start of the pilotage is delayed due to the fault of the vessel for more than half an hour, the pilot of the Astrakhan Branch may be recalled, while a fake call is drawn up and 50% of the pilotage dues is paid for the pilotage for which the pilot of the branch was called.
     If the captain of the vessel refuses the services of the pilot who has arrived on board the vessel in accordance with the previously submitted application, 50% of the pilotage dues owe for the pilotage for which the pilot was called shall be paid. For the subsequent call of the pilot of the Astrakhan Branch on board the ship, the shipowner / marine agent must re-issue the application for pilotage of the vessel.

     For the pilotage services provided by the Astrakhan Branch in the seaport of Astrakhan, pilotage dues are charged. Information on the rates of pilotage dues and the procedure for their collection is given in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the Astrakhan Branch”. 


     The procedure for the provision of pilotage services in the seaport of Olya

 
     Pilotage services in the seaport of Olya are provided by the Astrakhan Branch 24 hours in accordance with the requirements of the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Olya, approved by order of the Ministry of Transport of Russia No. 222 of 11.06.2012 (hereinafter referred to as the Compulsory Regulations in the Seaport of Olya) on the basis of applications from shipowners / marine agents in the order of priority of applications submitted.

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the Seaport of Olya, the following vessels are exempt from compulsory pilotage in the seaport of Olya:

     - icebreakers;
     - vessels that perform operations for servicing and supplying vessels located in the water area of the Olya seaport and on approaches to it, and infrastructure facilities of the seaport;
     - small-size, sports sailing and recreational craft;

     - vessels engaged in coastal fishing;

     - vessels carrying out re-mooring from berth to berth in the water area of the seaport of Olya, changing berths, proceeding from berths of the seaport of Olya to anchorages No. 1, No. 2 and vice versa, except for passenger and oil tankers.


     Pilotage services in the seaport of Olya, for which a pilotage dues are levied, are provided by the Astrakhan Branch in accordance with the terms of the contract for the provision of services for the provision of navigation and vessel stay in the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya. The terms of the contract and the procedure for its conclusion are outlined in the section "Harbor dues and tariffs of the Astrakhan Branch". 


       An application for pilotage in the seaport of Olya is submitted by the shipowner / marine agent to the Astrakhan branch by fax: +7 (8512) 58-52-91, or in a scanned form to the email address: dispetcher@ast.rosmorport.ru for ships:

     - calling at the seaport of Olya, 24 hours in advance and confirmed 4 hours before the approach of the vessel to the place of embarkation of the pilot; 

     - leaving the seaport of Astrakhan, 12 hours in advance and confirmed 4 hours before the planned departure of the vessel;
     - the water area of ​​the seaport Olya, 4 hours before the planned start of the vessel's movement.


     The shipowner / marine agent can contact the duty pilot of the Astrakhan Branch by phone: +7 (8512) 58-41-26 to clarify the time and place of embarkation / disembarkation of the pilot.

     The pilot of the Astrakhan Branch who arrived on board the ship to carry out pilotage in the seaport of Olya presents to the captain of the ship a pilot's certificate confirming the right of the pilot of the branch to pilot the ship of the given displacement and navigation area and hands over the pilot's receipt, in which the captain notes the fact of pilotage and possible comments on pilot's work. The captain of the vessel hands over to the pilot a pilot card of the vessel of the IMO standard with accurate data about the vessel, informs about the features of the controllability and the condition of the vessel. Pilot receipts filled in and signed by the captain of the vessel serve as the basis for calculating the pilotage fee.

     The pilotage service of the Astrakhan Branch is not responsible for delays and demurrage of the vessel in cases if:

     - the application for pilotage was submitted in violation of the established deadlines for filing applications;
     - it is impossible to accept the pilot on board the vessel due to unfavorable hydrometeorological conditions.

     Cancellation of a previously submitted application must be made no later than 4 hours before the appointed time, about which the captain of the ship / shipowner / marine agent notifies the dispatcher of the Astrakhan branch by phone: +7 (8512) 58-41-26 and submits a new application for the pilotage in the prescribed manner.

     If the start of the pilotage is delayed due to the fault of the vessel for more than half an hour, the pilot of the Astrakhan Branch may be recalled, while a fake call is drawn up and 50% of the pilotage dues is paid for the pilotage for which the pilot of the branch was called.
     If the captain of the vessel refuses the services of a pilot who has arrived on board the vessel in accordance with the previously submitted application, 50% of the pilotage dues owe for the pilotage for which the pilot was called shall be paid. For the subsequent call of the pilot of the Astrakhan Branch on board the ship, the shipowner / marine agent must re-issue an application for pilotage of the vessel.

     Pilotage dues are collected for the pilotage services provided by the Astrakhan Branch in the seaport of Olya. Information on the rates of pilotage dues and the procedure for their collection is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the Astrakhan Branch”. 


     4. Statistical information

     Information about the pilotage of ships that made calls to the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya, performed by the pilots of the Astrakhan Branch.
 

Seaport of Astrakhan


Year

Amount of 

pilotage 

operations, un.

Total length 

of pilotage, 

nautical miles

2007

5,788

548,340

2008

5,136

314,660

2009

5,973

327,311

2010

6,162

304,904

2011

6,889

322,595

2012

5,538

258,122

2013

10,526

361,081

2014

6,201

206,875

2015

12,404

405,652

2016

13,071

420,185

2017

8,323

427,350

2018 7,310 322,170
2019 9,186 339,151


Seaport of Olya


Year

Amount of 

pilotage 

operations, un.

Total length 

of pilotage, 

nautical miles

2007

428

41,678

2008

1,116

42,236

2009

1,064

29,186

2010

1,222

32,054

2011

1,270

32,973

2012

995

29,425

2013

2,167

55,362

2014

851

20,508

2015

1,019

24,695

2016

1,261

32,450

2017

745

16,335

2018 815 10,458
2019 937 12,824

 

     5. Contact information

     Additional information on the procedure for the provision of pilotage services by the FSUE "Rosmorport" Astrakhan branch in the seaports of Astrakhan and Olya can be obtained by phone:
     +7 (8512) 58-41-26 (around the clock),

     or by sending a request by fax: +7 (8512) 58-52-91 or by e-mail: dispetcher@ast.rosmorport.ru