Passage Planning

Brisbane Marine Pilots provides this information to assist ships coming to the Port of Brisbane prepare and plan their passage. Please review the Pre Arrival Information and follow the instructions. This will greatly assist the bridge team in their ability to support and monitor the Pilot. On boarding the Pilot will confirm all Pre Arrival preparations are complete to their satisfaction before passing the Fairway Beacon.

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. Our goal is for any errors to be detected in a timely way and to ensure single person errors cannot go undetected.

Some particular points of note:

  • The Pilot does not assume a designated lookout role. The Master is responsible for ensuring proper lookout arrangements are in place. At times there can be significant small recreational and fishing vessel traffic.
  • The Master should assess Weather conditions and the tug allocation. If in doubt additional services should be booked. This will avoid delays and expense associated with ordering additional services, if it is deemed necessary, when the Pilot boards.

Please make your crew aware of the Seafarer Welfare information available on this website. Hopefully this will make their stay a little more enjoyable.

Masters and officers in charge of a navigational watch remain responsible for the safe navigation of their ships at all times including when a port or coastal pilot is on board. The master should ensure that the bridge remains adequately manned and under the responsibility of a certificated officer in charge of a navigational watch.

After you visit we would welcome ay feedback you may have that may assist us in improving our service. Please Contact Us on our general enquiries email with any suggestions or comments.

Thanks for your assistance and we hope you enjoy your visit to Brisbane.

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.

Our bay & our community

Our bay and its wildlife

The Moreton Bay Marine Park is formed by three large island’s Stradbroke and Moreton Islands’ to the East and Bribie Island to the North West.

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.

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.

Weather and Tides

The following information is provided to assist Ships Officers and Masters accessing weather data relevant to the Port of Brisbane.

Disclaimer
This information is for general guidance only and should not be used for critical navigational purposes

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Sunset

 

QLD Marine Weather Warnings

 

Weather Forecasts*


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.

Our bay & our community

Our bay and its wildlife

The Moreton Bay Marine Park is formed by three large island’s Stradbroke and Moreton Islands’ to the East and Bribie Island to the North West.

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.

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.

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. We understand being a seafarer involves long periods of separation from loved ones and that this potentially combined with long work hours, sub optimal living conditions, harassment and bullying, stress and loneliness all impact on the mental wellbeing of seafarers.

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression can go unnoticed but help is available in Brisbane and in the majority of ports throughout Australia.

The Australian Seafarers’ Welfare Council (ASWC) aims to actively promote seafarer welfare issues and the services available in Australian ports to support and protect seafarers. Brisbane Marine Pilots is a proud supporter of the Councils activities and the local welfare providers in our Port.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not happy who can I talk to?

There are a number of services available in Brisbane. The chaplains and ministers at the Seafarers’ Centres in Brisbane are an excellent place to start for general advice and support and there are often ship visitors from these centres available too. The Australian Seafarers Welfare Councils website is also an excellent resource and this includes a link to the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network. This network provides access to 24/7 Help Line. This assistance is available in multiple languages and they can be contacted on;

  • skype – info-seafarerhelp.org
  • SMS - +44 7624 818 405
  • Tel - +44 207 323 2737 (free phone call, just request a call back)

I am ok but conditions on my ship are poor or I haven’t been paid. What can I do?

The Maritime Labour Convention requires all ships to have an “On-board Complaints Procedure”, to allow seafarers to make a complaint without recourse or concern. Seafarers also have the right to make complaints directly to AMSA. This can be done online at: Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Is there a seafarer’s centre in Brisbane?

There are two seafarer’s centres in Brisbane, Mission to Seafarers’ and Stella Maris. Read more about the centers here.

What do I do if I have an emergency ashore?

The emergency number in Australia for police, fire and ambulance is 000. This number should only be used when urgent help is required. For other assistance you should go through the ship's agent or contact the seafarer welfare centre

What documentation do I need to get through Port security?

Once your ship has been cleared by customs you will be free to go ashore. You will show some identification to terminal security at the gate and have this available again on return.

What is the number for a taxi in Brisbane?

There are two major taxi services Yellow Cabs 131 924 and Black and White Cabs 133 222. On each company’s website you can book online, get a booking app and get a cost estimate for your journey. The price will be similar for each company since the industry is regulated. There is also Uber. You will need the Uber App to access this service.

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.

Our bay & our community

Our bay and its wildlife

The Moreton Bay Marine Park is formed by three large island’s Stradbroke and Moreton Islands’ to the East and Bribie Island to the North West.

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.

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.