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

Port Procedure Manual

The Port Procedures Manual contains information and guidelines to assist masters, owners and agents of
vessels arriving at and traversing the area.


Pre-Arrival Information

Brisbane Marine Pilots provides this information to assist ships coming to the Port of Brisbane prepare and plan their passage.



A summary of information about shipping movements in Queensland ports


Notice to Mariners

A notice to mariners (NTM) advises mariners of important matters affecting navigational safety.


A Day in the life of a Marine Pilot

The vast array of ships that visit the Port of Brisbane, from small chemical tankers to container vessels spanning up to 350m long and 14 metres deep, constantly test the knowledge and skills of our pilots. Every arrival into the port begins with a transfer on our pilot launch vessels. Once alongside the visiting vessel, the pilot will ascend the pilot ladder, which can involve a climb on a rope ladder suspended from the vessel sometimes as high as 9m.

Once aboard the pilot will proceed to the Bridge of the vessel where he will familiarise himself with the ship’s equipment and Bridge Crew. The Master of the vessel and the pilot will undertake a detailed Pilot/Master Exchange where the navigated route through the channel to the berth will be discussed and decided upon. The pilot will then take command of the vessel and proceed to the berth. As the vessel approaches the berth tugs, if they have been engaged, will come and assist to swing the vessel and move it into position alongside the berth.