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a) General Information 

  1. Punta Delgada Pilot Station has a state-of-the-art radar with S-57 chart management, integrated AIS and ARPA system (Basic VTS) for traffic control from Bahía Posesión (Pilot Transfer Zone) to Punta Delgada.If it is not possible for Pilots to embark or disembark due to bad weather conditions, the vessel will carry on navigating and the Pilots will embark or disembark in the vicinity of Punta Delgada Pilot Station. During this transit, Channel Pilots provide assistance to the vessel using Radar and AIS information (see B. - NAVIGATION THROUGH THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN 2. - Strait of Magellan General Information; m) Pilot Transfer Zones).
  1. Pilot Boats operate at a maximum speed of 15 knots. For a quick Pilot transfer, the vessel must be ready to receive them with at least 3 men on deck and 2 lines to heave up their baggage. 
  1. Pilots have cartography of all the routes and, even though it is not mandatory, usually carry a Personal Computer with electronic charts authorized by the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (www.shoa.cl), which is powered by the Pilot Plug to receive information directly from the vessel’s AIS or by using their portable GPS, if the Pilot Plug is not available. 
  1. Within the pilotage area (from Bahía Ancud to Cape Horn), Pilots are in charge of communicating with the Maritime Traffic Control stations, reporting news to navigation, ETA to the route control points, and ETA to the Transfer Zone for their disembarkation. Likewise, they receive information from vessels navigating in the area, latest hydrographic news and weather reports. 
  1. During transit, Pilots coordinate with ships on head-on situation, via VHF, to have a safe CPA.

b) Special restrictions for the following channels, straits and narrows 

The network of channels, straits and fjords offers various alternatives for safe navigation routes. For some channels or passages, the National Maritime Authority has imposed special restrictions to the vessel size or navigation conditions; however, if it is not possible to use them, there will always be an alternative channel or passage to continue navigating the route. 

The channels and passages with navigation restrictions are the following:

Channel, Passage or Narrow

Maximum Length

m

Maximum

Draught

m

Maximum Breadth

m

Remarks

Crossing Priority

No Crossing

Points

Canal Chacao

Chart 7210

Maximum air draught of cable is 59 meters. Vessels with a speed under 10 knots must cross with current in favor. Crossing start time must be reported to Corona Radio and ETA to bajo Colo Colo and Roca Remolinos. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3002, Chapter VII, Part One.

Eastbound

At bajo Colo Colo and Roca Remolinos

Canal Ninualac

Chart 8160

ETA must be reported to Roca Engaño. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3002, Chapter VIII, Part Two.

Eastbound

Between Isla Leucotón and Roca Engaño

Canal Darwin Chart 8630

ETA must be reported to Isla Quemada light beacon. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3002, Chapter VIII, Part Two.

Eastbound

Between Isla Quemada light beacon and Punta Mayhew

Canal Pulluche E

Chart 8640

7.5

Transit through E of Roepke buoy, UKA 1.3 meters (UKC>=UKA) considering        7.5-meter draught plus tide. ETA must be reported to bajo Roepke buoy. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3002, Chapter VIII, Part Two.

Eastbound

Between Punta Morro and Punta Pangal

Canal Pulluche W

Chart 8640

9

Transit through W of Roepke buoy, UKA 1.3 meters (UKC>=UKA) considering 9-meter draught plus tide. ETA must be reported to bajo Roepke buoy. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3002, Chapter VIII, Part Two.

Eastbound

Between

Punta Morro and Punta Pangal

Angostura Inglesa

Chart 9510

See Note (1)

180

10.7

Transit in slack water or weak current and daylight, until civil twilight. ETA must be reported between Islote Clío and Punta Cedar. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter IX, Part Four.

Northbound

Between Punta Hume and Islote Kitt

Canal Picton Chart 9921

See Note (1)

6

1-meter UKA (UKC>=UKA) considering 6-meter draught plus tide. ETA must be reported to Punta Peligrosa. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter IX, Part Two.

Southbound

Between Islote Verde and Islote Tang

Canal Escape, Paso del Abismo Chart 9530

Southbound transit and daylight. ETA must be reported abeam Islote Centro. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter IX, Part Four.

Southbound only

Between N of Islote Centro and S of Punta Entrada

Canal Escape, Paso Piloto Pardo

Chart 9530

Northbound transit and daylight. ETA must be reported abeam Punta Entrada. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter IX, Part Four.

Northbound only

Between N of Islote Centro and S of Punta Entrada

Angostura Guía

Chart 10340

ETA must be reported to Punta Porpoise and Isla Escala Alta. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Three.

Northbound

Between Isla Escala Alta beacon and Punta Porpoise

Canalizo W Isla Bonduca

Chart 10500

ETA must be reported to Isla Bonduca. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Three.

Southbound

Transit W of Isla Bonduca

Paso Summer

Chart 10722

See Note (1)

7.35

0.75-meter UKA (UKC>=UKA) considering 7.35-meter draught plus tide. When navigating from South, entry time to Paso Summer must be reported to Maritime Traffic Control Station in Faro Bahía Félix. ETA must be reported through bajo Summer. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Four.

Northbound

Between Punta Ernesto and Islote Hozven

Canal Gray Chart 10722

See Note (1)

230

12

12-meter draught plus tide. Transit with daylight until civil twilight. When navigating from South, entry time to Canal Gray must be reported to Maritime Traffic Control Station in Faro Bahía Félix. ETA must be reported to SE of bajo Vereker. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Three.

Northbound

Between Islote Penacho Verde and Islote Hozven

Paso Shoal Chart 10750

When navigating from South, entry time to Paso Shoal must be reported to Maritime Traffic Control Station in Faro Bahía Félix. Report estimated time the vessel will be between Punta George and Isla Shoal. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Four.

Southbound

Between Isla Shoal and Roca Pearce

Angostura Kirke

Chart 10641

See Note (1)

150

6.3

23

Transit in slack water or weak current, and daylight until civil twilight. Ships with a length over 120 m must have a smaller vessel for assistance in observation of currents.  See right of way details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Seven

Vessel with a length over 100 m above those of less than 100 m

Between Isla Espinoza and Punta Entrada

Angostura

White

Chart 10631

See Note (1)

140

7

Transit in slack water or weak current, and daylight until civil twilight. Ships with a length over 120 m must have a smaller vessel for assistance in observation of currents. See right of way details in Pub. SHOA No. 3003, Chapter X, Part Seven.

Vessel with a length over 100 m above those of less than 100 m

Between Isla Wilson and Islote Gutiérrez or Isla Salustio

Canal FitzRoy

Chart 11730

80

6.5

Daylight navigation during slack water or weak current periods. Maximum wind of 25 knots and minimum visibility of 1 mile. Maximum length of 80 meters, 6.5-meter draught and   1-meter UKA. See right of way details in Pub. SHOA No. 3004, Chapter XI, Part Four.

Southbound

Between Punta Elías and Punta Reynard

Strait of Magellan

21.3

ETA must be reported to Maritime Traffic Control Station in Faro Evangelistas, Bahía Félix, Paso Tortuoso and Punta Delgada. Greater draught requires authorization from the Maritime Authority. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3004, Chapter XI, Part Seven and Eleven.

Navigate to starboard of the channel axis, whenever possible

Paso Tortuoso Chart 11230

Right of way for VLCC or vessels with a length over 200 m. ETA must be reported to Punta Crosstide. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3004, Chapter XI, Part Seven.

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Canal Gabriel Chart 12410

ETA must be reported to Punta Schirmer. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3004, Chapter XI, Part Six.

NW bound

Between Punta Oxley and Punta Mercedes

Canal Ocasión Chart 12711

80

ETA must be reported to Cabo Negro and Roca Pájaros. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XII, Part Two.

Eastbound

Between Islote Lagartija and Islote Giratorio

Paso Aguirre Chart 12711

120

National flag vessel transit only. ETA must be reported to Cabo Atracadero. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XII, Part Two.

Westbound

Between Punta Cádiz and Islote Entrada

Paso McIntyre

Chart 12810

ETA must be reported to Isla del Diablo. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XII, Part Two

Eastbound

Between NW of Caleta Olla, E area of Isla del Diablo and W of Punta Divide

Canal O'Brien Chart 12720

ETA must be reported to Islote Redondo and Punta Acevedo. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XII, Part Three.

Westbound

Between longitude 70º 40’ W and Punta Acevedo light beacon

Paso Timbales

Chart 12720

ETA must be reported to Islote Condor light beacon or bajo Walton light buoy. Vessels coming from E may choose to navigate the Paso Occidental to avoid crossing with another vessel. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XII, Part Three.

Eastbound

Between longitude Punta Acevedo light beacon and NE edge of Isla Timbal Grande

Paso Mackinlay

Chart 13100

ETA and crossing time must be reported to Punta Espora, at Puerto Williams Maritime Traffic Control Station. See details in Pub. SHOA No. 3005, Chapter XIII, Part Three.

Eastbound

Between Punta Gable and Isla Martillo 

  

Note (1): In addition to the restrictions above, the following channels and narrows are subject to the rule of right of way according to the length: 

Location

Channel or Narrow

  • Angostura Inglesa
  • Paso Picton
  • Canal Gray
  • Paso Summer
  • Angostura Kirke
  • Angostura White

Vessels with a length over 100 m will have right of way, regardless of the approaching direction; vessels with a length under 100 m will give way and keep clear of the track. When two vessels with a length over 100 m meet, the vessel navigating in the direction established in the Sailing Directions of the Chilean Coast (see table above "Special restrictions for the following channels, straits and narrows") will have right of way, and the vessel navigating in the opposite direction will have to wait. The same applies when two vessels with a length under 100 m meet.

  c) Recommendations for navigation in inland waters 

  1. Both anchors without sea painter and ready to let go. 
  1. Helmsman on the bridge is mandatory during the whole navigation. 
  1. Lookouts in some areas specified by the Pilot. 
  1. A radar for the exclusive use of the Pilot, a second radar stand-by. Both radars must be in service when visibility decreases and while transiting narrow or confined passages. 
  1. Engine Room or Control Room must be ready to switch to maneuvering speed when requested by the Pilots. 
  1. Echo sounder operation at Pilot’s request. 
  1. Magnetic Compass Deviation Curve available. 
  1. Evolutionary characteristics graphs visible. 
  1. Electric power independent of the propulsion system when possible. Generators coupled to the shaft drive must not be used in confined passages. 
  1. Pilot/Master information exchange card (Pilot Card as per ISM). Signed copy handed over to Pilot. Master must inform Pilots about the change of the steering procedures, limitations and deceleration time from navigation speed to maneuvering speed and emergency stop of engines. Likewise, if required, oil change and time the engine can operate without fuel switching. 

 

d) Special recommendations for navigation in confined passages 

  1. Master on the bridge. 
  1. Experienced helmsman. 
  1. Castle with boatswain and anchors ready to let go. 
  1. Steering system tested before entering confined passages and both servomotor pumps in service. 
  1. Manned engine room and ready to run the main engine at the speed requested by the Pilot.

 

e)- Communications 

  1. VHF Channel 16 - 13 always available. 
  1. HF in SSB telephony ready to transmit on frequency 4,146 kHz (Rx/Tx). 
  1. INMARSAT “C” in Navarea XV to receive weather reports and storm warnings. 
  1. NAVTEX at stations K - L, in Spanish; D - E, in English, for message type: All
  1. See Admiralty; List of Radio Signals; Maritime Radio Stations; NP281 (2), vol. I, 2019/20, pages “Chile” (79 to 130). 

 

f) Reception of weather facsimile 

At

11:15 - 16:30 - 19:30 - 22:00 - 23:10 UTC

On frequencies

4,228.0 - 8,677.0 - 17,146.5 kHz.
(Some old equipment must adjust 1.8 kHz down)

 

  1. See Admiralty; List of Radio Signals; Maritime Radio Stations; NP 281 (2), vol. I, 2019/20, pages “Chile” (79 to 130). 
  1. Surface Chart accessible via Internet: www.meteoarmada.directemar.cl 

 

g) Daily vessel position report

Report the position daily to the National Maritime Authority, at 08:00 and 20:00 (local time). 

Send information via e-mail to: 

FAX

56-32-2208662

E-mail

mrccchile@directemar.cl

E-mail

cbvradio@directemar.cl

 Daily report format: 

TO:  DIRSOMAR - MARITGOBPMO (Puerto Montt) - MARITGOBPAR (Punta Arenas) (1)

FROM: VESSEL’S NAME

CHILREP P/R

Format

Daily report example

A   Vessel’s name/Call sign:

GOLDEN GLINT / V7MN8

B   Date and local time:

262000 LT

C   Position

4230 S / 07715 W

E   Course

18

F   Speed

14

X   Remarks, if any

ETA Bahía Posesión PS 290800 LT (2)

S   Current Weather Conditions, Pressure, Wind, Temperature

1014.5/NE 15/18

 Notes:

 (1) MARITGOBPMO, Puerto Montt, between Lat. 41 S and Lat. 47 S

MARITGOBPAR, Punta Arenas, south of Lat. 47 S 

(2) This paragraph can be used to inform the Local Agent the time of embarkation and disembarkation of the Pilots (Posesión - Laitec - Ancud - Cape Horn - Paso Richmond - East Beagle Channel), in addition to other information. 

(3) The details of the procedures and notifications are described in the Ship Reporting System (CHILREP). 

 h) Contact details for the National Maritime Authority 

DIRECTORATE OF MARITIME SAFETY, SECURITY AND OPERATIONS

(PILOTAGE SERVICE OFFICE)

Address

Calle Prat 681 - Valparaíso

Phone

56 (32) 2208451

Fax

56 (32) 2208497

E-mail

jofpilotaje@directemar.cl

guardiapilotaje@directemar.cl

 

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