​​​​​​​The pilotage service is mandatory to all ships which demand T2, according to NORMAM-12 “Maritime Authority Rules to Pilotage Service” and NPCP – Port Authority of Macaé. This obligation occurs since the vessels’ arrival in the first pair of buoys, Access Canal entrance, except for those foreseen at NORMAM-12, item 0404 “Pilotage of compulsory or optional character”.

The table below presents the delimitation of compulsory Pilotage Zone at Açu Port:​

​​​ ​ ​ ​Coordinates Table of Compulsory Pilotage Zone “Z” DATUM WGS 84
​​Point ​Description ​Latitude (S) ​Longitude (W)
​Z1 Pilotage Compulsory Zone “Z” ​21° 46,627′ ​041° 00,752′
​Z2 ​21° 49,616′ ​040° 49,945′
​Z3 ​21° 50,591 ​040° 50,242′
​Z4 ​21° 49,201′ ​040° 55,519′
​Z5 ​21° 51,470′ ​040° 59,625′


Specifically, at Açu Port T2, for offshore support vessels, the minimum notice for the manoeuvre scheduling along with pilotage is 6 hours before in day period and 12 hours before for night manoeuvres.

The pilotage service is directly hired by the owner, or its representative, at their expensive, except when specific contractual provisions between vessels’ destination terminal and its owner or representative deal in different ways.

The berthing schedule is carry out based on Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) informed by ships, in berthing programming at Estimated Time of Berthing (ETB) announced by the responsible for this and the time assigned for the manoeuvre according to Açu Port line-up.

The undocking schedule is guided by forecast of operation end provided by the ship and terminal (ETD) and the time assigned for the manoeuvre according to Açu Port line-up. Açu Port line up is founded on internet, accessing the menu “Port Information” – “Document Library” from Açu Port website (www.portodoacu​.com.br/en).

The contacts details of the ZP-15 watchtower, responsible by providing the Pilotage Service in Açu Port, founded in item 9.4 (Available in the document “Port Information” of the Port Charges and Regulations page​​​).

The pilot boarding place, pilots’ boarding or disembarkation to vessels which access T2, are located in the position:​

 ​ ​ ​​​​ Coordinates Table of Pilots’ Wait Point– DATUM WGS 84
​​Point Description ​Latitude (S) ​Longitude (W)
​P2 ​​​​Pilot boarding place – T2 ​21° 49,32’ ​040° 55,55’​

The vessels with destination to T2 Terminal must have enough ballast and properly equipped concerning to mooring equipment and related accessories, and must dispose of clean Pilot ladders, safe and effective, to pilots’ boarding and disembarkation, with cable and steps in perfect conditions, steady in the point approximate of the side and adequate length to reach pilot’s boat, being 1.0 meter above water line.

A responsible officer must remain on the top of the stair destined to the pilot, equipped with a VTS communication device to contact directly with the bridge. A lifebuoy with safety line (floating line) and self-ignition light must be available less than 12 meters of this position.

During pilot’s work of embarkation and disembarkation, the vessels must assume the position which provide shelter against winds in its passage from boat to board and vice versa, must also reduce the speed to facilitate embarkation and disembarkation.

In general, the vessels at Açu Port must follow IMO (International Maritime Organization) recommendations and also IMPA (International Pilotage Organization) to pilots’ boarding and disembarkation. More information about international requirements to this activity is available at IMPA website www.impahq.org.

Each master is the only responsible for the manoeuvres; it’s assigned to them provide all information to the pilot about any peculiarity, specific conditions or existing difficulties, such as engine failure or steering system, problems or damage aids to navigation, mooring cables or any element that may cause navigation danger, manoeuvre or ships’ mooring.
In case that the master doesn’t follow the pilots’ instructions, due to preserve the safety of ships’ manoeuvre, the VTS Center, through the vessel’s agent, must be communicated in writing of the fact. It must also be reported to the responsible for the destination terminal by the vessel’s agent.

According to NPCP-RJ, it is competency of Port Authority of Rio de Janeiro to declare the impracticability of the entrance. The pilotage, when testify the unfavourable weather conditions, which presents higher values to limit parameters, must contact the VTS Center to confirm the local meteoceanographic measurements and, if confirmed, for the Port Authority by any means of communication, so it may be declared the impracticability.

The T2 operational limits, by the date of publication of this document, are in development with the involvement of Operations Management of Porto do Açu Operações S.A., ZP-15 Pilotage and Port Authority of Rio de Janeiro. Updated information about these parameters can be obtained by contacting Operations Management for any interested party.

Currently, the pilots on duty issue a report to each manoeuvre performed a report containing the conditions found during the same, as well as possible problems and difficulties. This procedure aims the identification of improving points and serves as subsidy to the Maritime Authority, Pilotage and to Prumo in the improvement of T2 conditions and operational limits.

Annex VII ()​​ presents a sketch with the delimitation of Açu Port pilotage zone, as well as the pilots’ wait point to T2, about DHN 1406 chart “Proximidades do Açu Port” for reference only.

More information about the pilotage service can be obtained on the Pilotage website (www.praticagem-rj.com.br).