King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 44/22

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN jointly by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port’s Harbour Master that Pilotage Exemption Certificate visits to QHM Harbour Control at Semaphore Tower will be reinstated from Monday 11 April 2022, with conditions as detailed in this notice.

2. With the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions now suspended or removed, the waiver for at least six trips preceding the renewal of a PEC is rescinded. From 16 May 2022, holders wishing to renew their PECs and candidates for PEC examinations must arrange and complete a visit to QHM Harbour Control in order for their PEC to be renewed or issued as appropriate.

3. The following conditions are to be noted: 

PEC holders and candidates must arrange visits by phone or email at least five working days in advance (02392 723694  or [email protected]).  
Visits should be in working hours (0800-1700) Monday to Friday. Visits outside these times are by exception.
On the day of the visit, before arrival at Victory Gate, PEC holders and candidates are to confirm to QHM Harbour Control by phone that they are clear of COVID-19 symptoms.
No more than two people are to visit QHM Harbour Control at any one time.
Personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect they may have symptoms are to cancel the visit and rebook a minimum of ten days later. 
The PEC holder or candidate is to bring their own face covering with them and is to wear it if requested by QHM staff. Social distancing is to be observed at all times.
If a candidate is unable to complete a visit before renewal due to testing positive for COVID-19, they are to provide evidence of the test and complete the visit once they have recovered and completed any required isolation period.
These conditions will be reviewed regularly, and removed as the situation allows.

4. PEC holders and candidates are reminded of the need to arrive on foot at Victory or Lion Gate. Escorts for arrivals by road cannot be supplied. Visitors must bring an official photographic identity document such as a driving licence or passport in order to gain entry to the Naval Base. 

5. Portsmouth LNTM 14/22 is hereby superseded.


Friday 01 Apr 2022

Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.