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As “competent harbour authority” under the Pilotage Act, 1987, the Port of Sunderland provides pilotage services for vessels navigating within the river and docks. A team of experienced Class 1 pilots, who are also designated as deputy harbour masters, is based at the port control building, Greenwells Quay.

Two port-operated pilot boats, Wearmouth and Seaburn, maintain listening watch on Marine VHF Channel 14 when engaged in pilotage duties.

See the following hyper link for pilotage information.

Download PDF for Port of Sunderland Pilotage Direction No. 2

port of sunderland piliotageThe normal boarding point for vessels is one mile due east of Roker Pier. Port control must be notified at least two hours in advance of requests for the services of a pilot.

Pilotage exemptions may be considered subject to certain conditions being met.

Subject to availability, pilot boats may be engaged to transport compass adjusters or other personnel to and from ships in the port approaches.

Detailed information concerning pilotage rates, dues, charges and conditions are contained in the Port of Sunderland publication, “Trading conditions and list of charges,” copies of which can be obtained from the port’s head office.

Awards and accreditations


The Port of Sunderland is certified by Product Authentication International (PAI) as complying with the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC), in respect of storage and in-house testing of combinable crops and dry feed materials/ingredients.

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Investor in People

As a Sunderland City Council service the Port of Sunderland holds Investors in People status, achieved by the council in 2004.

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British Ports Association

The port is a member of the British Ports Association