The Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperative has a fleet of eight pilot boats built to the highest standards. These have excellent sea keeping abilities and can operate in all weather conditions (up to force 8-9) and in over 5m wave heights. They are high powered and hence both very quick and durable, purpose-built boats.
A pilot boat can be identified by the red and white signal flag or H(Hotel) signal flag during daytime and showing a white light over a red light at night. Pilot boats also normally have the word “PILOT” written in large black letters on both sides of the cabin.