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P. H

Deep-sea pilotage was, and remains, unregulated – meaning, anyone can set themselves up as a Channel and North Sea pilot.
Whether they would get much business is another matter. Most littoral countries supply deep-sea pilots. For Britain, Trinity House [founded in Deptford in 1536) issues their licences. The British government have regulated local pilotage since at least antiquity (3rd cent.AD), and continue with the 1987 Pilotage Act. However, so called ‘Competent Harbour Authorities’ licence local pilots. Such bodies do not have to supply evidence of competency, and they frequently demonstrate their lack of authority (Milford Haven, Associated British Ports, Clyde).
Pilots exist in other geographic areas, such as the Inland Sea of Japan.
Paul Hughes>br>