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According to South Carolina state laws, harbor pilots are required for ships seeking to enter Charleston Harbor with more than 8 feet of draft and over 100 gross tons. Pilotage is provided by the Charleston Branch Pilots’ Association. There may be additional requirements for the use of harbor pilots. To be certain if any doubt exists, please call the pilot’s office.

Telephone: 843-577-6695. Harbor Pilots monitor VHF 13, 16, 18-A.

Docking pilotage is provided by the tugboat operator.