Inshore Piloting

During port calls by vessels, the inshore pilots effect all the mooring and casting off operations. The vessels’ hawsers are positioned on quayside bollards.


Working in collaboration with the ship pilots and tugboat operators, the inshore pilots remain under the direct authority of the Harbour Master’s Office, which communicates information regarding vessel movements.


Two registered inshore piloting services operate at the Port of Nantes – Saint Nazaire:
- the Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port Authority Inshore Piloting Service;
- the Huchet Desmars Company.