PE requirements for Port Limit Tankers

Pilot exemption requirements for port limit tankers (SB Tanker) operating within port limits

  • 300GT – 1999GT
    • The master would be required to complete the Port Limit Tanker Master (PLTM) course instead of the PESV course.
  • 2,000GT–5,000 GT
    • Masters of the port limit tankers must have brought the vessel into and out of Areas A and B on at least six occasions within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application for the exemption.
    • Masters must attend and pass the Pilot Exemption Large Vessel Course or PE(LV), which is an assessment on a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator to demonstrate capability in ascertaining position, ship handling (berthing/un-berthing) and in handling crisis situations.
    • The master must have a valid Port Limit Tanker Master Course Certificate.
    • For pilotage district Area D, exemption may be granted only up to SCAF Jetty provided the master has successfully completed the PE(LV) course for Area D.
  • 5,000 GT or above but less than 7,000 GT
    • Masters must be holders of pilotage exemption certificates for port limit tankers above 2,000 GT and have continuously served on such tankers for the past two years.
    • Masters of the port limit tankers must have brought the vessel into and out of Areas A and B on at least six occasions within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application for the exemption.
    • Masters must attend and pass the PE(LV) course, which is an assessment on a Full MissionShiphandling Simulator to demonstrate capability in ascertaining position, ship handling (berthing/un-berthing) and in handling crisis situations;
    • Masters must pass an oral assessment conducted by an officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Pilotage Exams and Licensing Section (PEL) section. The assessment will cover topics such as the characteristics of his vessel (turning circle, stoppingdistance, etc.), local currents, interaction with traffic, precautionary areas and prohibited areas of the port.
    • For pilotage district Area D, exemption may be granted only up to SCAF Jetty provided the master has successfully completed the PE(LV) course for Area D.
  • Renewal of exemption
    • The pilot exemption certificate is valid for (one year. Renewal will be subject to the conditions of renewal and the validity of the Port Limit Masters Tanker Certificate.
    • The master must have brought the port limit tanker of above 5,000 GT into and out of Areas Aand B on at least two occasions in the six months immediately preceding the date of the application for the renewal of exemption;
  • 7000GT or above but less than 15,000 GT
    • The master must pass a one-time written examination consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions (passing score of 80%). The coverage of the exam is listed in the Syllabus for written examination (see below).
    • The master must pass an assessment on a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator to demonstrate capability in berthing, un-berthing and handling crisis situations. This assessment will be conducted annually prior to renewal of the pilotage exemption.
    • The master must pass a one-time practical assessment conducted by an officer from the MPA’s PEL Section on an actual berthing manoeuvre alongside another ship at an anchorage and at a terminal berth.
    • The master must pass an oral assessment conducted annually by an officer from the MPA’s PEL Section. The oral assessment will cover topics such as the characteristics of his vessel (turning circle, stopping distance, etc.), local currents and interaction with traffic, precautionary areas and prohibited areas of the port.
    • Masters must be holders of pilotage exemption certificates for port limit tankers above 2,000 GT and have continuously served on such tankers for the past two years.
    • Masters of the port limit tankers must have brought the vessel into and out of Areas A and B on at least six occasions within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application for the exemption. In the case of an application for the renewal of an exemption, the master must have brought the vessel into and out of the port on at least two occasions in the six months immediately preceding the date of the application for the renewal of the exemption. For Area D,the master must have brought the vessel into and out of the area under pilotage onat least 12 occasions within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application for the exemption. For subsequent renewals of the exemption for Area D, the master should have entered and left the area on at least four occasions within the three months immediately preceding the date of the application for the renewal of the exemption.
    • The master must attend the Port Limit Tanker Master Course and hold a valid Port Limit TankerMaster Course Certificate on the Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator.
    • After having obtained pilotage exemption certificates, masters should serve on bunker barges of above 7,000 GT for at least six months in the previous year, or such time as determined by the Port Master, before their certificates can be renewed.
    • For pilotage district Area D, exemption may be granted only up to SCAF Jetty and is subjected to the approval of the MPA.
  • Renewal of exemption
    • The pilot exemption certificate is valid for one year. Renewal will be subject to the conditions of renewal and the validity of the Port Limit Masters Tanker Certificate.
    • The master must have brought the port limit tanker of above 7,000 GT into and out of Areas A and B on at least two occasions in the six months immediately preceding the date of the application for the renewal of exemption. For the subsequent renewal of the exemption for Area D, the master must have entered and left the area on at least four occasions within the three months immediately preceding the date of the application for the renewal of the exemption.
    • The master must pass an assessment on a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator to demonstrate capability in berthing, un-berthing and handling crisis situations. This assessment will be conducted annually prior to renewal of the pilotage exemption.
    • The master must pass an oral assessment conducted annually by an officer from the MPA’s PEL Section. The oral assessment will cover topics such as the characteristics of his vessel(turning circle, stopping distance, etc.), local currents and interaction with traffic, precautionary areas and prohibited areas of the port.
    • After having obtained pilotage exemption certificates, masters should serve on bunker barges of above 7,000 GT for at least six months in the previous year, or such time as determined by the Port Master, before their certificates can be renewed.
  • Syllabus for the written examination
    The written examination comprises 50 multiple choice questions. The passing score is 80%.
  • Tides
    • Knowledge of the level that sounding on charts are reduced to.
    • Contents of the Singapore Tide Tables.
    • Knowledge of the stations to which to refer for predictions at various locations and installations.
    • Calculating the height of tide at any time.
    • Calculating the time at which the height of tide reaches a specific height.
    • Rate and direction of tidal streams at various locations.
    • Knowledge of the occurrence of counter current, the locations affected by such current.
    • Knowledge of the areas where turbulence may be experienced and the effect this has on vessels.
  • Anchorages, least depths, fairways and clearing distances
    • Knowledge and uses of the various anchorages.
    • Knowledge of the least depths in the anchorages, control depths of fairways, basins, approaches to berths, etc.
    • Use of practical transits to mark shoals (least depths of anchorages), channel limits and boundaries of anchorages.
  • Navigational aids
    • Knowledge of the position of buoys within port limits and light characteristics of the navigational aids
    • Knowledge of the type, shape, colour, topmarks if any
    • Knowledge of the buoyage system in use in our port waters including the focal point of the system.
  • Signals and communications
    • The candidate is expected to have a thorough knowledge of the flag, light and sound signals given in the Singapore Tide Tables published by the MPA’s Hydrographic Department.
    • Knowledge of the respective VHF and walkie-talkie channels on which the various stations are keeping watch.
  • Miscellaneous and regulations
    • MPA Act (Part X), MPA (Pilotage) Regulations, MPA (Port) Regulations, the latest International Collision Regulations, ie. ROR.
    • Regulations governing the construction and utilisation of means of embarkation/dis embarkation, ie.pilot ladders, gangways, pilot hoist, etc.
    • Regulations in force on height clearances of various bridges and overhead obstructions in the port areas.
    • Notices to Pilots Manual, and Port Marine Circulars/Notices in force.
    • Principles of shiphandling, effects of engines, propellers, rudders, turning circles, factors governingmanoeuvrability, etc.
    • Effect of wind and tide on manoeuvrability of vessels.
    • Tugs – various types, uses of tugs, dangers/limitations, etc.
    • Emergency manoeuvres, anchoring, towing.
    • Stability – vessels with poor GM/negative GM, tender and stiff ship, trim, list, etc and its effects.
    • Any other matters covered by the syllabus.
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