Deep Sea Pilotage

If you are looking for professional and experienced nautical assistance on any type of oceangoing vessels during your trip through the North-West European waters, Royal Dirkzwager´s Deep Sea Pilotage is what you are looking for.


There are over 500 shipping movements in the Dover Strait per day without counting the ferries crossing between the Continent and England. Many of these vessels still do not adhere to the collision regulations and hardly maintain the necessary communication standards.
Due to the dense traffic and numerous days of bad weather, this sea area is one of the most dangerous in the world. At the same time, increased industrial offshore activity has resulted in countless mining installations, pipelines, wind turbine parks and other under- and above water hazards to navigation.
Deep Sea Pilotage offers optimal professional support and nautical assistance for masters who are not familiar with navigating in the Northern European waters.

Royal Dirkzwager offers you pilotage assistance, in the widest sense of the word, during the navigation of a vessel in the North-West European waters. Use of a Deep Sea Pilot will prevent fatigue and will be of extra value to the bridge management team by use of the pilot’s local knowledge. At the same time, by using state-of-the-art equipment the pilot is able to sail the most optimum route, saving bunkers and time to next port of call.


  • Offering nautical assistance to the ship’s bridge team, who may be unfamiliar with the North-West European shipping area.

  • Enhancing the safety of shipping in congested waters.

  • Preventing fatigue and communication problems.

  • Communicating professionally with VTS-/Port authorities.

  • Adding safety precautions with regards to the maritime environment.

  • Identifying and realizing fuel efficient sailing opportunities.

Why Dirkzwager?

  • Our pilots have unrivalled local navigational knowledge.

  • Our pilots are well-experienced in navigating deep-draft vessels.

  • We are a Green Award incentive provider and partner for innovative solutions.

  • We are equipped with the most advanced systems, including up-to-date nautical information.

  • We are fluent in most modern languages and are familiar with the communication and port reporting procedures.

  • We offer you safe, quick and reliable 24/7 service.

  • Royal Dirkzwager has longstanding experience in the world of maritime safety.


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