Marine Pilotage Exemption Certificate - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you are the master of a vessel and you intend to pilot your own vessel in a pilotage port. This certificate is issued to the master of identified vessels for a specified pilotage area.

Pilotage is ordinarily compulsory in every pilotage port, meaning that a master of a vessel cannot enter, leave or move within a pilotage port with a vessel before taking on board the marine pilot made available by the pilotage service provider for that port. This certificate exempts your vessel from compulsory pilotage in respect of the relevant port.

A pilotage port means any of the following ports:

  • Sydney Harbour
  • Botany Bay
  • Newcastle
  • Port Kembla
  • Yamba
  • Eden.

Please note that a Marine Pilotage Exemption Certificate is not available for the following classes of vessels:

  • a vessel the length of which exceeds 215 metres, unless approved by the Minister or the relevant port authority
  • a vessel with a single person bridge operation
  • a vessel that is nuclear powered
  • a vessel carrying dangerous or hazardous goods in bulk, unless approved by the Minister or the relevant port authority
  • a vessel or class of vessels that may poses a threat to the safety of life or port property
  • any vessel determined by the Minister, by notice in writing given to the master or owner of the vessel, as a vessel for which a marine pilotage exemption certificate is not to be issued
  • any class of published on the NSW legislation website, as a class of vessel for which a marine pilotage exemption certificate is not to be issued.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • hold a certificate of competency that authorises you to be a master of the vessel to which the application relates
  • be the master of the vessel to which the application relates
  • complete the training required by the marine pilotage code and pass an examination approved by the relevant port authority
  • provide evidence of your competence to carry out unsupervised movements of the relevant vessel
  • meet the health requirements set out in the certificate of competency in respect of a master for the vessel to which the application relates
  • undergo any required medical assessment and be considered physical capable for the purposes of the licence
  • pay required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

2 years.

Expiry

2 year anniversary of issue of licence.

Fees

 TypeAmount
ApplyApplication$457.00
RenewRenewal$229.00

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Maritime Pilotage Exemption Certificate - Please contact the Maritime Authority for the relevant application information for this certificate

Other resources

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division


Operating address:
James Craig Road
Rozelle
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5100
Camperdown
New South Wales 1450

Phone:

13 12 56

Phone:

02 9563 8557

Fax:

02 9563 8522
contactus@rms.nsw.gov.au

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