Comparison of pilotage fees

A cost-efficient operational model and the positive development in the number of pilotage assignments have made it possible to retain the same pilotage prices already for several years.

Equal and cost-efficient provision of services

Finnpilot provides its customers with consistent and reliable pilotage services in all pilotage areas. In accordance with the Pilotage Act, pilotage fees shall be reasonable considering the costs incurred and a reasonable return. The pilotage fee is based on a fixed unit price and is determined on the based on the tonnage of the vessel in question and the distance to be piloted. In accordance with the company’s service level objectives, the waiting time for pilotage service is no more than three hours in coastal waters and six hours in the Saimaa region. Altogether 99.9% of all pilotage assignments were carried out within the limits set for our service level objectives.

Pilotage activities in the Saimaa region are governed by the obligation to provide financially unprofitable services, so the pilotage fees in these areas are based on a reduced unit price.

Changes in the fees are notified no later than three months prior to their taking effect, which, in practice, means by the end of September. The decision regarding pilotage fees is made by Finnpilot’s Board of Directors. The fees did not need to be increased for 2018 and 2019 due to the positive development in the cost-efficiency of the activities and the increased number of pilotage assignments.

Strong position in international price comparison

Finnpilot has been tracking the international pricing of pilotage services since 2005. Our price level is extremely reasonable, also when considered in an international comparison of pilotage prices between Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Holland. Despite Finland’s difficult ice conditions and expansive coastline, we were found to be the second least expensive country, which is definite proof of the efficiency of our operational model. With our confirmed pilotage prices for 2019 we are now the most inexpensive country of the international comparison.


International comparison of pilotage fees over a five year period. The pilotage fee is calculated based on a piloted distance of seven nautical miles from the sea into port. The comparison is only indicative, since pilotage fee practices differ from one country to the next.