Temporary amendment: Pilots’ familiarity with channel can be demonstrated in ship simulator

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 1.12.2020 12.28
Press release
(Photo: Shutterstock)
(Photo: Shutterstock)

The Ministry of Transport and Communications requests comments on a temporary amendment to the Pilotage Decree, which would allow pilots to demonstrate their familiarity with a channel through training solely in a ship simulator. The amendment applies to the renewal of pilot licences and pilotage exemption certificates.

It may be necessary to carry out training voyages in a ship simulator when ordinary pilotage assignments or training voyages are not possible during the COVID-19 epidemic due to reduced traffic in a channel, restrictions aiming to maintain health security or other compelling reasons associated with the epidemic.

The temporary amendment is proposed to remain in force until 30 June 2021. The deadline for comments is 16 December 2020.

Next steps

Comments on the draft decree can be submitted online at www.lausuntopalvelu.fi or by email to [email protected] All organisations and private individuals are invited to submit comments.

Following the consultation round, the preparation of the decree will continue as part official duties at the Ministry.


Katja Peltola, Senior Officer, tel. +358 50 530 2175

Irja Vesanen-Nikitin, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 40 544 9673

Sini Wirén, Director of Unit, tel. +358 40 507 0916