Harbour Pilot Case Study
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Port of Santos, Brazil

23.9822° S, 46.2926° W

The Situation:

Confined spaces, periods of bad weather, fog and low visibility hamper the entry and exit of vessels at the Port of Santos.

The Requirement:

As the size of ships rapidly grows worldwide and physical space becomes limited, Pilotage São Paulo wanted to ensure increased safety in entry and exit manoeuvres of large ships in the Port of Santos. They sought a system that could calculate distances and identify obstacles in the navigation channel of the Santos wharves.

The Solution: HarbourPilot and ChannelPilot

Pilotage São Paulo purchased HarbourPilot for its highly accurate heading and positioning performance, and ChannelPilot as a narrow channel navigation aid.


Navicom Dynamics provided training to the 51 pilots in the region on how to operate HarbourPilot and ChannelPilot. The PPUs will also be used for the Port of São Sebastião manoeuvres, on the north coast of Sao Paulo, where the bigger complexities are the ocean current and the transport of chemicals and oil in large vessels.

The Result:

"This is one more way to ensure greater security, so that we can make a manoeuvre in adverse conditions and in confined spaces such as we have in the Port of Santos." - Bruno Tavares, Pilot, Port of Santos.