Pilotage services

To ensure the safety of a ship's passage within the port waters of Victoria, licensed pilots are employed by pilotage services providers to guide ships into and out of port waters.

Provision of pilotage services

The provision of pilotage services is described in Part 7.1 (Provision of Pilotage Services) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (MSA).

Register of pilotage service providers

In accordance with section 244 of the MSA, the Director, Transport Safety must establish and maintain a register of all pilotage services providers registered under Part 7.1 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

Requirement to notify the Director, Transport Safety of changes to registration information

In accordance with section 245 of the MSA, a pilotage services provider must notify the Director, Transport Safety within 14 days after any change to information recorded in the register.

Pilotage competency and capacity

The Director, Transport Safety considers that registration as a pilotage services provider is not an attestation of a person's competency for the provision of pilotage services.

Licensing and training for marine pilots

Section 252(1) of the MSA stipulates that the Safety Director may grant a Pilot Licence to the Applicant if the Safety Director is satisfied that the Applicant:

  1. Has the appropriate qualifications, competencies and experience to hold a Pilot Licence; and
  2. Meets the requirements determined by the Safety Director.

The requirements determined by the Safety Director are stipulated in the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian Ports. The Determination details the licensing and training requirements which result in licensed marine pilots armed with the knowledge, skills and competencies to safely pilot vessels in Victorian Ports.

The Determination is available to download as a PDF or accessible Word document:

The Determination was Gazetted on 29 October 2019 and came into effect on 20 January 2020.

Transition arrangements and FAQs for transition to the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian Ports 

The transition arrangements document (including FAQs) sets out the transitional arrangements that will be applied by the Safety Director in dealing with the transition from what was Standard 6.2 - Training and Licensing of Marine Pilots for Victorian Ports to the Determination: Licensing and Training Requirements for Marine Pilots in Victorian Ports, which came into effect on 20 January 2020.

The document is available to download as a PDF or accessible Word document:

For more information please contact the Ports, Shipping and Maritime Emergencies team on tsvqualifications@transportsafety.vic.gov.au


Pilotage services providers

Port Phillip Sea Pilots Pty Ltd

Captain Michael Hanson
2 Tobin Dr
Queenscliff VIC 3225

ABN 36 006 413 485

Date of commencement: 17 June 1839

Vessels

Vessel Name ID Number
Victoria III MB 7159
Ranger III MSV 11818
Corsair MSV 12565
Nepean MSV 12837
Petrel III 457070

Transfer by other means other than vessel

Port Phillip Sea Pilots Pty Ltd will continue to evaluate the transfer of pilots by helicopter. The current arrangements comply with the safety standard requirements as defined in the Act.

Pilots employed by Port Phillip Sea Pilots Pty Ltd

Pilot names and licence numbers listed below.

 
 Licence numbers                
Pilot                                              Port of Melbourne and Geelong Port of Melbourne only Port of Geelong only Port of Hastings Port of Portland Port of Corner Inlet
Captain Caspar Alfrink                                                                                         2782 - unrestricted                                            
Captain David Benyan                         4715 - unrestricted      
Captain David  Berends                                                   6953 - unrestricted      
Captain Matthew Close       2756 - unrestricted      
Captain Darren Corbett 3347 - unrestricted      
Captain Dale Cunningham 5372 - unrestricted      
Captain Marcus     De Fina 4578 - unrestricted      
Captain Jonathan Dicker 2748 - unrestricted    33725   
Captain Robert Fernon 2061 - unrestricted    7882   
Captain Michael Hanson 2580 - unrestricted    9744   
Captain Richard Hart 1786 - unrestricted    3140   
Captain Ronald Jones 3300 - unrestricted      
Captain Mark Keane 3198 - unrestricted     5377  
Captain Damian Laughlin 4897 - unrestricted      
Captain David Lawrie 3107 - unrestricted      
Captain Brian Liley 1544 - unrestricted    3821   
Captain Gregory Martin 2238 -  unrestricted      
Captain Bruce McMinn 1294 - unrestricted    3747   
Captain Bradley Seal 3143 - unrestricted     8311  
Captain Toby Shelton 4653 - unrestricted    077559   
Captain Kieran Quilty 8779 - unrestricted      
Captain James Tayton 9475 - Class 1, all precincts except Point Wilson       
Captain Andrew Herman 9643 - Class 1, all precincts except Point Wilson      
Captain Arjan Visser 18224 - Class 1, all precincts except Point Wilson      
Captain Nathan Owens V073158 73158- Class 6, SW26, WDW, WDE, MYR1, SD, APPD, YVL, SW except SW33 & SW26 and VICD 84009 - trainee    

Port of Portland Pty Ltd

Andrew Hays
23-25 Kunara Cres
PO Box 292
Portland, Vic 3305

ACN 072 507 012

Date of commencement: 1 July 1996

Vessels

Vessel name ID number
Tiger MB 11448
Wyuna III MSV 11299

Transfer by other means other than vessel

Port of Portland Pty Ltd does not use any other means to transfer Pilots other than current registered vessels.

Pilots employed for Port of Portland

Pilot Licence number
Captain Altaf Hussain 3243
Captain Milinda Gammune 3500
Captain Gerard Veldkamp 5266

Australian Pilotage Group Pty Ltd

Mark Egan
Operations Manager
1A /4 Wharf Street E
QUEENSCLIFF VIC 3225

ACN 606 490 591

Date of commencement: 22 July 2019

Vessels

Vessel Name ID Number
Malu Bau 427000
Griffiths458602
Tempest427234

Transfer by other means other than vessel

APG does not use any other means to transfer pilots other than current registered vessels.

Pilots employed for Australian Pilotage Group Pty Ltd

PilotPort of Melbourne and
Geelong Licence Number
Port of Melbourne Licence Number
Captain David  Ellis1922 
Captain Nicholas Woods 036208
Captain Lee Weldon 053167
Captain  Himmat Dhilon 053166
Captain Vivek Mathew 055638
Captain Keith Hagen 054609
Captain David Burns419 
Captain Dean Zanoni3559 
Captain Anuj  Puri 075175

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