While the vessel is entering or leaving the port, the vessel Master shall notify the Vessel Traffic Service Center (VTSC) thereof using VHF Channel 9 or 16. Only the VTSC may grant permission to start the movement. Any movement of vessels in the port without the permission of the VTSC shall be prohibited. 

Vessels with a maximum length exceeding 50 meters and more, as well as tankers and passenger ships, irrespective of their length, shall be subject to compulsory pilotage at the port of Riga. The pilotage at the port is provided 24 hours a day Vessels shall be exempt from pilotage provided the vessel Master has a valid certificate of exemption from the obligation to use piloting services, as well as in some particular cases, specified in the “Freeport of Riga Regulations”. The pilotage fee is included in the port dues. 

Formalities related to the vessel’s arrival at the port and departure from the port shall be handled in compliance with the provisions of the law and regulations on port formalities. The ship's agent shall also provide the Vessel Traffic Service Center with the information on exact berth for a vessel’s berthing

The Freeport of Riga Harbour Master's Service controls the compliance of the information in the International Freight Logistics and Port Information System (SKLOIS) with the laws and regulations on port formalities. A vessel shall be allowed to enter the port or depart from the port only after the relevant control authorities have registered the issuance of such a permit in the SKLOIS system. If the ship is released from the obligation to use the SKLOIS system, the permission to enter the port shall be granted by the Vessel Traffic Service Center upon coordination with the control authorities.

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