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  • The port of Newcastle is a compulsory pilotage port. A helicopter is used to embark and disembark pilots in approximately 80% of pilot transfers.

    This can be achieved on all vessels except tankers, container vessels, woodchip carriers, and vessels where there is not a clear circular area of 20m, or where weather restrains the ability of the helicopter to fly.

    A pilot cutter is used for the remainder of transfers. In this case the pilot climbs the ships ladder up to 9m in height.