Pilotage at the Port of Brisbane is the responsibility of a privately-operated company, Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd.
Pilotage is compulsory for every ship that is 50m LOA or more, or any ship if directed by the Harbour Master. This does not apply to ships with masters holding a pilotage-exemption certificate.
The pilot boarding ground is 3nm south-east of Point Cartwright. (Pilots may board or disembark outside these limits by prior arrangement.)
Requests for pilots should be made via the ship’s agent, giving at least 48 hours' notice.
Brisbane Marine Pilots maintains a 24-hour listening watch on VHF channel 12.
ETA at the boarding ground should be confirmed at least two hours before arrival by called 'Brisbane Harbour' on VHF channel 12.
The Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service (REEFVTS)
This vessel traffic monitoring service is dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait region 24-hours. In the region to prevent collisions or incidents. The area has high environmental significance and is protected by a range of national and international measures. Click here to check out the ReefVTS in action, and hear from the staff who use it to monitor and protect our Great Barrier Reef.