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Pilotage Requirements

Coastal Pilotage for the Great Barrier Reef :

Vessels with an overall length of 70 metres or more are required to use the services of a licensed coastal pilot in these compulsory coastal pilotage areas:

  • Inner route (from Cape York to Cairns)
  • Great North East Channel
  • Torres Strait
  • Hydrographers Passage
  • Whitsundays

Masters are not relieved of overall responsibility for the safe operation of a vessel due to the presence of a pilot onboard.

More information can be found here GBR Pilotage

Port pilotage requirements are determined by the harbourmaster of that individual port, requirements are risk based and can vary dependent on the port area being accessed. Captains should refer to individual port procedures in order to determine port pilotage requirements.