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.

 
 Licence numbers                
Pilot                                             Port of Melbourne and GeelongPort of Melbourne onlyPort of Geelong onlyPort of HastingsPort of PortlandPort of Corner Inlet
Captain Caspar Alfrink                                                                                        2782 - unrestricted                                      XXXXX
Captain David Benyan                        4715 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain David  Berends                                                  6953 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Matthew Close      2756 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Darren Corbett3347 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Dale Cunningham5372 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Marcus De Fina4578 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Jonathan Dicker2748 - unrestrictedXX33725XX
Captain Robert Fernon2061 - unrestrictedXX7882XX
Captain Michael Hanson2580 - unrestrictedXX9744XX
Captain Richard Hart1786 - unrestrictedXX3140XX
Captain Ronald Jones3300 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Mark Keane3198 - unrestrictedXXX5377X
Captain Damian Laughlin4897 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain David Lawrie3107 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain Brian Liley1544 - unrestrictedXX3821XX
Captain Gregory Martin2238 -  unrestricted XXXXX
Captain Bruce McMinn1294 - unrestricted XX3747XX
Captain Bradley Seal3143 - unrestrictedXXX8311X
Captain Toby Shelton4653 - unrestrictedXX077559XX
Captain Kieran Quilty8779 - unrestrictedXXXXX
Captain James Tayton9475 - Class 1, all precincts except Point Wilson XXXXX
Captain Andrew Herman9643 - Class 1, all precincts except Point WilsonXXXXX
Captain Arjan Visser18224 - Class 1, all precincts except Point WilsonXXXXX
Captain Nathan OwensV07315873158- Class 6, SW26, WDW, WDE, MYR1, SD, APPD, YVL, SW except SW33 & SW26 and VICD84009 - traineeXXX

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
Captain Gerard Veldkamp5266

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 David Burns419 
Captain Dean Zanoni 3559
Captain  Anuj Puri075175

Photo of a ship's bridge

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