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 NameID Number
Victoria IIIMB 7159
Ranger IIIMSV 11818
CorsairMSV 12565
NepeanMSV 12837
Petrel III457070

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.

PilotPort of MelbournePort of HastingsPort of PortlandPort of Corner Inlet
Captain Caspar Alfrink2782   
Captain David Benyan4715   
Captain David Berends6953   
Captain Matthew Close2756   
Captain Darren Corbett3347   
Captain Dale Cunningham5372   
Captain Marcus De Fina4578   
Captain Jonathan Dicker274833725  
Captain Robert Fernon20617882  
Captain Michael Hanson25809744  
Captain Richard Hart17863140  
Captain Ronald Jones3300   
Captain Mark Keane3198 5377 
Captain Damian Laughlin4897   
Captain David Lawrie3107   
Captain Brian Liley15443821  
Captain Gregory Martin2238   
Captain Bruce McMinn12943747  
Captain Bradley Seal3143 8311 
Captain Toby Shelton4653   
Captain Kieran Quilty8779   
Captain James Tayton9475   
Captain Andrew Herman9643   
Captain Arjan Visser18224   

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 nameID number
TigerMB 11448
Wyuna IIIMSV 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

PilotLicence number
Captain Altaf Hussain3243
Captain Milinda Gammune3500

Australian Pilotage Group Pty Ltd

David McDonald
General Manager
Australian Pilotage Group P/L
1A /4 Wharf Street E
QUEENSCLIFF VIC 3225

ACN 606 490 591

Date of commencement: 16 February 2018

Vessels

Vessel NameID Number
Malu Bau427000
Griffiths458602

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

PilotLicence Number
Captain David Ellis1922
Captain Nicholas Woods36208
Captain Lee Weldon53167
Captain Himmat Dhillon53166
Captain Vivek Mathew55638
Captain Keith Hagen54609
Captain Nathan Owens73158
Captain David Burns419 
Captain Dean Zanoni 3559

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