This is our story.

Brisbane Marine Pilots is a leading port pilotage service provider committed to Brisbane and supporting ports throughout Queensland.

We train and supply marine pilots to assist ships visiting the Port of Brisbane. We also provide a common safety system that all pilots working within the Port must adhere to. This training and safety system enables us to navigate large ships in the restricted waters of the Moreton Bay Marine Park with faultless performance.

Our pilots board arriving vessels off Mooloolaba and partner with the ships crews to manage the risks associated with manoeuvring these large vessels in the Port area.

The required company infrastructure and supporting services for the efficient supply of these pilots are provided by EMPILOT.

Built on a heritage that dates back to 1825

John Gray, a pilot from Port Jackson, surveyed and buoyed the outer bar of the Brisbane River and Inner Channel with a view to establishing a settlement where Brisbane’s CBD is today. Gray was assisted by John Tosh, who became the first official marine pilot and Superintendent of Buoys.

In 1976, a purpose-built port was established on Fisherman Island at the mouth of the Brisbane River. This is now the hub of sea-borne trade in Queensland and is operated by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL).

We continue the work of Gray and Tosh to this day

Brisbane Marine Pilots was officially established as an independent organisation in 1989. Since then, we have systematically been capturing the local knowledge, skills and methodologies that were historically passed between pilots.

The unique systems and technologies we have developed continue to set the benchmark for the piloting profession - now and into the future.

Brisbane Marine Pilots is proud to:

  • Safely direct the passages of up to 6,000 large commercial vessels across the Moreton Bay Marine Park each year
  • Facilitate more than $50 billion of trade handled through the Port, equating to over 50% of Queensland’s international trade
  • Be the only organisation with proven systems uniquely developed for Brisbane.

Recent Updates

Largest Cruise Ship Visits Brisbane

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, Brisbane Marine Pilots had the privilege to be part of the planning and safe navigation of the largest cruise ship...

  • Did You Know?

    Brisbane Marine Pilots was the first company in Australia to be accredited to the International Standard for Marine Pilot Organisations.

  • Did You Know?

    Brisbane Marine Pilots was the first pilotage company in the world to develop a comprehensive Safety Management System.

  • Did You Know?

    Moreton Bay was declared a Marine Park in 1993 and covers an area of 3400 square kilometres.

  • Did You Know?

    Brisbane Marine Pilots was one of the first pilotage companies in the world to introduce the routine use of portable pilotage units on all pilotages.

Our Bay & Our Community

Environmental Protection and Safety

The role of or Pilots is to manage risk in a highly dynamic environment. This requires time-critical decisions utilising all available resources and technology.

Our Bay & Our Community

Our Community

Brisbane Marine Pilots recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and work to engage positively in the wider port and local community.

Port Information

Passage Planning

We would like to make your passage as safe and streamlined as possible. Each of our Pilots will work with the bridge team to facilitate this outcome. The bridge team plays a vital role in monitoring the Pilot.

About Us

What is a marine pilot?

Marine Pilots are employed throughout the world to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of large ships in congested, confined and/or environmentally sensitive waters.

Our Piloting Team.

All of our pilots are highly trained marine professionals who hold a Master Class 1 certificate of competency.

Our pilots have all served in senior ranks at sea on large commercial vessels across a variety of seagoing disciplines, and some have held senior shore-based management positions. They also bring experience from other fields, including business, accounting, law and education, giving them a solid understanding of commercial issues important to our stakeholders.

Continually improving our performance

New pilots to our organisation undertake a robust training program to equip them with the necessary proficiency and local knowledge. Every pilot must continue to demonstrate these skills and compliance to the established safety systems throughout their careers. Our pilots adhere to our Continual Professional Development Program and our Competency Management System - both specifically tailored to the needs of the Port and the expectations of our stakeholders. At world-class facilities, they undergo annual checks and training in ship handling, emergency ship handling, human factors and technology.

Our pilots are dedicated to safety and committed to ensuring knowledge is captured in our systems.

Brisbane Marine Pilots uses an in-house ship simulator and the full mission Smartship simulator located in Brisbane. Both simulators are used extensively for training and sharing knowledge, techniques and strategies for manoeuvring and risk management.

Find out more about the role of Marine Pilots.

Our Longest Serving Pilot


Capt. Ken Hawkins

Pilot

Capt. Hawkins has been with BMP since the Company was formed in 1989 and is the only Pilot who has been with the Company since its inception. After a seagoing career on general cargo, container and bulk carriers he commenced as a Pilot with the Qld Govt. in Townsville in 1983. Ken handled vessels in Townsville, Lucinda, Abbot Point and Hay Point. Following his appointment as Harbour Master Bundaberg he gained further piloting experience at that port and Gladstone. Ken transferred to Brisbane in 1987 and was one the 22 Pilots who established BMP. He has piloted in excess of 5000 ship movements in the Port of Brisbane.

The newest members of our piloting team


Capt. George Hadley

Pilot

George came to Brisbane Marine Pilots in 2012 after seven years piloting in Timaru, New Zealand. He has worldwide experience on tankers, general cargo, container, offshore vessels and bulk carriers including time in command with a pilotage exemption. George also spent time as a staff lecturer at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. He holds a Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency. He has an interest in continuing professional development and is the facilitator of our Risk Management Team.

Capt. Scott Young

Pilot

Scott joined Brisbane Marine Pilots in 2013 having previously been a pilot in Far North Queensland holding licences for Mourilyan, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Flattery, Thursday Island and Weipa. He completed his cadetship with BHP Transport and then served mainly on tankers both overseas and on the Australian Coast before becoming a tug Master. He has a Diploma in Nautical Science and is a member of the Australian Marine Pilots Institute.

Supported by EMPILOT

Our pilots rely on the support of the EMPILOT team who ensure that the right pilot is on the right ship, armed with the right information, at the right time. EMPILOT incorporates three distinct teams:

1. Administration Services

  • Supports pilots through the administration of Human Resources, IT, Finance and Payroll, and Systems Management

2. Operations Team

  • Coordinates the movement of pilots to ensure the correct allocations of pilots to ships
  • Manages issues such as fatigue in accordance with agreed systems

3. Launch Crew

  • Operates and maintains a fleet of pilot launches that transfer pilots to ships visiting the Port
  • Manages personal safety risks of the Pilots as they undertake the transfer from launch to ship

EMPILOT offers a range of support services, technology and systems to pilot groups and to entities responsible for the provision of pilotage services.

Find out more about EMPILOT.

Our Bay & Our Community

Environmental Protection and Safety

The role of or Pilots is to manage risk in a highly dynamic environment. This requires time-critical decisions utilising all available resources and technology.

Our Bay & Our Community

Our Community

Brisbane Marine Pilots recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and work to engage positively in the wider port and local community.

Port Information

Passage Planning

We would like to make your passage as safe and streamlined as possible. Each of our Pilots will work with the bridge team to facilitate this outcome. The bridge team plays a vital role in monitoring the Pilot.

About Us

What is a marine pilot?

Marine Pilots are employed throughout the world to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of large ships in congested, confined and/or environmentally sensitive waters.

These are our services.

Brisbane Marine Pilots provides the following services:

  • Provision of Pilots for the Port of Brisbane 24 hours per day, 365 days per year on an on demand basis
  • Continual improvement and oversight of the systems that facilitate the safe navigation of large vessels in the Port of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Marine Park
  • Pilot Training and Competency Management Systems
  • Logistical oversight, management and continual improvement of systems that ensure the right Pilot, is on the right ship, at the right time
  • Advice and participation in Port development project feasibility studies including implementing strategies to systematically address maritime risk
  • Pilot transfer services
  • Oversight of transfer Safety Management Systems and vessel Planned Maintenance Systems
  • Transfer of non-Pilot personnel and limited cargo
  • Advice and consultancy on maritime matters

The administration and support function of many of the services and systems provided by Brisbane Marine Pilots is undertaken by the team at EMPILOT.

For more information on how EMPILOT can support your pilot group or business please go to www.empilot.com.au

Our Bay & Our Community

Environmental Protection and Safety

The role of or Pilots is to manage risk in a highly dynamic environment. This requires time-critical decisions utilising all available resources and technology.

Our Bay & Our Community

Our Community

Brisbane Marine Pilots recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and work to engage positively in the wider port and local community.

Port Information

Passage Planning

We would like to make your passage as safe and streamlined as possible. Each of our Pilots will work with the bridge team to facilitate this outcome. The bridge team plays a vital role in monitoring the Pilot.

About Us

What is a marine pilot?

Marine Pilots are employed throughout the world to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of large ships in congested, confined and/or environmentally sensitive waters.

Technology and Innovation

Brisbane Marine Pilots use our industry-leading systems and technology to bridge land and sea logistics safely.

We continually improve our service and performance by adopting world’s best innovations, training solutions and management systems.

Brisbane Marine Pilots is the first Australian pilotage organisation to:

  • Introduce ISO standards across all facets of its business
  • Routinely use standardised portable piloting units on all pilotages
  • Develop and implement a Pilotage Safety Management System
  • Develop a dedicated Competency Management System
  • Deliver the first mobile pilotage dispatch system in conjunction with a software developer
  • Develop fatigue management software for pilots in conjunction with the Sleep Research institute
  • Become accredited to the International Standard for Marine Pilot Organisations

We know that to deliver a faultless performance every time, we must continue to learn and develop. That’s why we never stop exploring new technologies and assessing their viability for our local operation.

We’re engaged in research projects with tertiary institutions and we work with international partners to keep abreast of world’s best practice to improve our service. Our ongoing investment in optimising pilot training ensures that we meet the expectations of all stakeholders.

Brisbane Marine Pilots and EMPILOT are collaborating on a range of Pilot Smart systems and technology projects:

  • Packaging administration and safety systems to enable smaller pilot groups to achieve independence through economies of scale
  • Streamlining systems to avoid unnecessary duplication across large and small pilot organisations
  • Developing a new-generation mobile pilot dispatch system with increased capabilities and flexibility
  • Developing improved communication processes to enhance safety by optimising the Master Pilot exchange process
  • Developing improved IT solutions to ensure all pilots have immediate and mobile access to the necessary information they need to perform

Recent Updates

Largest Cruise Ship Visits Brisbane

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, Brisbane Marine Pilots had the privilege to be part of the planning and safe navigation of the largest cruise ship...

Board & Governance

Every member of Brisbane Marine Pilots approaches their role with uncompromising diligence and focus.

We have set the benchmark in quality, safety and environmental protection by developing systems that have redefined industry best practice.

We strive to provide excellence to our employees, our customers and the wider community, and we’re dedicated to continually improving our world-class marine pilotage service. We strictly adhere to pilotage requirements of Maritime Safety Queensland and the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd.

All employees of Brisbane Marine Pilot’s are expected to conduct themselves ethically and demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, as outlined in our Code of Conduct.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides the strategic direction and leadership for the Management team. It reviews risk, and monitors the annual budget and statutory compliance. We have processes in place to educate new Directors about the business, good governance and performance expectations.

All facets of BMP’s operations are audited annually and we maintain accreditation to:

  • ISPO International Standard for Pilot Organisations
  • Maritime Safety Queensland
  • EcoBiz (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland)
  • ISO Quality Management Systems
  • ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • ISO Environmental Management Systems

Board Members

Each member of the Governance Team of Brisbane Marine Pilots must undertake a training process to equip with them with a sound understanding of their responsibilities under Corporations Law. Each team member is further bound by the Code of Conduct applicable to the Directors and Officers of the Company which emphasises ethical and socially responsible conduct as the only way we do business.


Chris Kline

Chairman / Director

Chris joined BMP in 2002,made Manager Safety in 2004, then General Manager 2005 until 2010 and joined the Board in 2013. Started his seagoing career in 1978 and progressed to ship’s master. He gained management experience in several port operation positions. Holds a Graduate Diploma in Business and is a member of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute, the Nautical Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a director of the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations.

Doug Williams

Managing Director

Doug joined Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd in 2005 and has previously served the Company both as a Pilot and a Director. In 2014 he was appointed as Managing Director. Throughout his career Doug has developed a broad knowledge of the maritime industry and business more generally. His formal qualifications include Master Class 1, Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Nautical Science and Graduate membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Geoff Dawson

Deputy Chairman / Director

Geoff commenced his maritime career in 1976 when he joined the P&O group. Following a 22 year career at sea, including 4 years as Master, he joined BMP in 1998. Geoff was first elected to the Board in 2008 serving as Company Chairman and HR Director until 2012 and completing his initial tenure in 2013. In 2015 he was re-elected to the Board and current serves as Deputy Chairman. Geoff’s other roles include in industry peer support, check pilot and training officer. He is also a member and active supporter of several industry institutions.

Greg Sinclair

Director

Greg joined Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd in 2003 and was appointed to the Board in 2014. Prior to joining BMP, Greg worked as a pilot in North Queensland, from 1997, and held licenses for Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point. Prior to becoming a pilot Greg served as a ships officers in world wide trades for companies both foreign and domestic. He first sailed as Master in 1995 and held several pilotage exemptions. He has a Diploma in Nautical Science, a Graduate Diploma in Business and Master Mariner Class 1. Greg is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Jennifer Robertson

Director

Jennifer was appointed to the Board in 2016. After more than ten years in private legal practice, Jennifer made the strategic career move to become a corporate governance consultant. Jennifer now has a portfolio career in which she maintains a governance consulting practice together with a number of company director roles. These roles include Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (formerly the Queensland Building Services Authority). She is a director of Asthma Australia and Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority Ltd. Jennifer also chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee for the Block Grant Authority and Asthma Australia and the People and Culture Committee of the QBCC. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Queensland Law Society.


Nicolas Fischer

Director

Nic joined Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd in 2004 and was first appointed to the board in 2007 and again in 2013. Nic began his seagoing career in 1984 with ASP, where he completed his masters with tanker, gas and chemical endorsements. Nic then joined Exxon Mobil in 1997, where he was employed as a pilot and loading master, with specific responsibilities in the areas of tug/launch crew management and oil-spill response. He then worked as a pilot overseas in the offshore oil and gas industry. Since serving on the board from 2007 to 2009, Nic has gained his check-pilot experience and has become a training officer at BMP whilst externally working as a consultant in port infrastructure design. Nic also held a position on the board of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute (AMPI) from 2011 to 2013.

Our Bay & Our Community

Environmental Protection and Safety

The role of or Pilots is to manage risk in a highly dynamic environment. This requires time-critical decisions utilising all available resources and technology.

Our Bay & Our Community

Our Community

Brisbane Marine Pilots recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility and work to engage positively in the wider port and local community.

Port Information

Passage Planning

We would like to make your passage as safe and streamlined as possible. Each of our Pilots will work with the bridge team to facilitate this outcome. The bridge team plays a vital role in monitoring the Pilot.

About Us

What is a marine pilot?

Marine Pilots are employed throughout the world to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of large ships in congested, confined and/or environmentally sensitive waters.