How to order a pilot

15_services_pilotPilots can be ordered directly by the vessel or by its designated agent. Three hours advanced notice is required. Pilots can be ordered preliminarily by VHF radio or by telephone, but the final order must be in writing, and submitted via fax or email.

Please click here to download the Pilot Order Form.

Completed forms must be faxed to (843) 577-0632 or emailed to

A dispatcher will list the order amongst all other pending jobs in the port.  Before a pilot is dispatched, we ensure that appropriate dockage and other essential services (such as tug assists and line handlers) have been ordered by the agent.  Schedule changes are frequent and the dispatcher is continually adjusting orders so that all vessels can move efficiently and stay on schedule.

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