Environmental Protection and Safety

Safety is paramount in all that we do. Across all areas of our operations, we are unwavering in delivering safety and confidence – to our staff, our clients, the community and the environment.

We respect the inherent risks associated with the movement of large ships through the Moreton Bay Marine Park to the Port of Brisbane. We also know that these risks can be effectively managed.

  • Did You Know?

    Moreton Bay’s range of habitats support nearly 300 bird species and is a resting place for 50,000 migratory shore birds. These birds make a six week journey from the Northern Hemisphere arriving in the Bay around September and commence returning during March.

  • Did You Know?

    Dolphins used to assist aboriginal men herding fish into their nets. Today wild Dolphins come to be fed by guests and visitors at the Tangalooma Island Resort.

  • Did You Know?

    Very large crude oil tankers that visit Brisbane can carry 150,000 tonnes of oil.

  • Did You Know?

    A Pilot is required on all vessels over 50m long.

We believe the best outcomes come from a systematic approach to safety and we always perform with supreme care.

Our service and advice is completely independent of the government, international ship owners and Port operators. This enables us to make balanced risk management decisions and facilitate equitable access to the Port for all users.

To manage risk in a highly dynamic environment, our pilots must make time-critical decisions utilising all available resources and technology. Each pilot is responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of ship and cargo during transits into the sensitive Bay area. They are the frontline of safety, ensuring that risk of a maritime, critical infrastructure or environmental disaster is kept to a minimum.

We’re proud of our history of excellence in safety and service.

We lead the way in many safety initiatives, including the development of a comprehensive Safety Management System. Our early adoption of a systematic approach to safety is now being mirrored by other pilotage organisations around the world.

"Incorporating safety management systems into normal business operations does appear to reduce accidents and improve safety in high-risk industries…Transport organisations that provide an appropriate investment and commitment to a safety management system should receive a positive return on safety."

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We maintain an auditable standard across all areas of our operations and maintain all relevant external accreditations.

  • ISPO International Standard for Pilot Organisations
  • Annual audit of our operations and systems 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
About Us

Our Story

Brisbane Marine Pilots core business is to train and supply Marine Pilots to assist ships visiting the Port of Brisbane and provide a common safety system under which all Pilots work within the Port.

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.

port information

Seafarer Welfare

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to making the lives of seafarers a little easier. All of our Pilots have served many years at sea and in our daily work we often see the very difficult working and living conditions seafarers face.

Recreational Craft

Stay Safe Around Ships

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to doing all that we can to make the Bay and Port area a safe and enjoyable place for all who are out on the water. On any given day between 10 and 30 ships can be transiting Bay area.

Moreton Bay Marine Park and its Wildlife

Moreton Bay is a special and very beautiful part of the world. It’s our job to minimise the impact of shipping on the area and it’s wildlife.

Moreton Bay Marine Park is formed by three large islands - Stradbroke, Moreton and Bribie. These islands protect a shallow and navigationally treacherous expanse of water from the Pacific Ocean storms and swell. Hundreds of smaller islands lie within the Bay, which is home to an extraordinarily diverse range of habitats such as reefs, rocky shores, mangroves, intertidal flats and ocean beaches.

Moreton Bay’s diversity makes it a truly fascinating natural wonder. One of the true privileges of being a marine pilot in Brisbane is being able to observe the Bay through all of its cycles.

Why Moreton Bay deserves our protection

  • Flinders Reef, just off Cape Moreton, holds the highest number of coral species of any subtropical reef on the Australian Coast
  • The sub-tropical location and warm shallow waters create a diverse and unique environment that supports a mix of estuarine and marine flora and fauna
  • The Bay’s location between tropical and more temperate waters means the area provides an important and sensitive indicator of climate change
  • Did You Know?

    Dugongs (sea cow) are the only marine mammal herbivore and are almost entirely dependent on seagrass as their food source. The Bay is one of the most significant Dugong habitats in Australia. The Dugongs closest relatives are elephants.

  • Did You Know?

    The Humpback Whale supports the whale watching industry in Queensland. Whale numbers have steadily increased having declined due to hunting to as low as 100 East Coast animals in the 1960’s.

  • Did You Know?

    It is estimated nearly 70% of the fish, prawns and crabs we eat are dependent on mangrove habitats during their lifecycle.

  • Did You Know?

    Moreton Bay is an important feeding ground for marine turtles there are six species of marine turtle in Australia and all six are known to be in the Bay and all are protected.

  • Did You Know?

    About 44 species of shark are known to inhabit or visit Moreton Bay, this includes well known species such as the Great White Shark and Tiger Shark however arguably the most dangerous is the Bull Shark.

Within the Bay the estuarine environment of the rivers and creeks which feed into the Bay meet with the marine environment. This results in the western shore being a predominantly estuarine habitat and the eastern shores very much marine. This collision of habitats occurs in the protected waters of the Bay negating the oceans usual ability to dominate the coastline through the action of the ocean swells and currents.

A not so common visitor to the Bay

Moreton Bay’s diversity makes it absolutely fascinating and one of the true privileges of being a Marine Pilot in Brisbane is being able to observe this natural wonder through all of its cycles. The unique diversity of the Bay is driven by a combination of factors that result in the area being a collage of habitats and a quite unique ecology.

The diversity and ecological interest of the Bay is further enhanced by the sub-tropical location and its warm shallow waters. This creates an environment supporting a mix of estuarine and marine flora and fauna from both tropical and more temperate climates. The region is also prone to extended periods of drought interspersed with extensive flooding and monsoonal type conditions. As the climate cycles through its moods so to the ecology of the Bay must adapt more frequently and more routinely than might typically be expected.

The differing environments can at times be seen to compete, for example in periods of drought the Bay becomes more marine with the reduced fresh water entering the Bay. Similarly, the Bay’s location between tropical and more temperate waters means the area provides an important and sensitive indicator with respect to climate change. As water temperature increases tropical species increase in their distribution within the Bay and more temperate species decline.

The Bay is a special place.

Brisbane Marine Pilots work tirelessly in the public interest to minimise the impact of shipping on the Bay. This is achieved through the application of our systems by our professional and highly trained team of Pilots and the support team at EMPILOT.

About Us

Our Story

Brisbane Marine Pilots core business is to train and supply Marine Pilots to assist ships visiting the Port of Brisbane and provide a common safety system under which all Pilots work within the Port.

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.

port information

Seafarer Welfare

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to making the lives of seafarers a little easier. All of our Pilots have served many years at sea and in our daily work we often see the very difficult working and living conditions seafarers face.

Recreational Craft

Stay Safe Around Ships

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to doing all that we can to make the Bay and Port area a safe and enjoyable place for all who are out on the water. On any given day between 10 and 30 ships can be transiting Bay area.

Our Community

Brisbane Marine Pilots is commitment to protecting our community and we take our corporate social responsibility extremely seriously.

We proactively and positively engage in the wider Port and local community by:

  • Providing support and assistance to the Missions to Seafarers to improve the quality of life for seafarers visiting our Port
  • Being involved in the Seafarers Welfare Committee
  • Assisting with research projects conducted by tertiary institutions
  • Ensuring our procurement decisions support local businesses where possible
  • Facilitating work experience opportunities for motivated students from local high schools
  • Cooperating with local rescue services
  • Providing educational material to assist recreational boat owners to stay safe around large ships
  • Facilitating training exercises with RACQ Careflight
  • Participating in community projects such as Clean Up Australia Day and in community groups such as Rotary and Probus
  • Assisting wildlife groups in activities such as releasing young sea turtles back into the wild
  • Did You Know?

    Our launch crews partner with CareFlight to practice water winch training and other rescue exercises.

  • Did You Know?

    The launches used to transfer Pilots to ships are built and serviced by other local businesses.

  • Did You Know?

    A number of our Pilots have volunteered on mercy ships.

  • Did You Know?

    On occasions we visit and support sick seafarers who may be in our local hospitals a long way from home.

  • Did You Know?

    A number of our Pilots volunteer at the Seafarers Centre.

About Us

Our Story

Brisbane Marine Pilots core business is to train and supply Marine Pilots to assist ships visiting the Port of Brisbane and provide a common safety system under which all Pilots work within the Port.

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.

port information

Seafarer Welfare

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to making the lives of seafarers a little easier. All of our Pilots have served many years at sea and in our daily work we often see the very difficult working and living conditions seafarers face.

Recreational Craft

Stay Safe Around Ships

Brisbane Marine Pilots is committed to doing all that we can to make the Bay and Port area a safe and enjoyable place for all who are out on the water. On any given day between 10 and 30 ships can be transiting Bay area.