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Certificate of Local Knowledge - New South Wales


You will need 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 an identified class or classes of vessels for a specific 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.

Service type


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 type of vessel to which the application relates
  • have satisfactorily passed an examination approved by the relevant Harbour Master for the pilotage port
  • provide evidence that you are competent to carry out unsupervised movement of the type of vessel to which the certificate relates in the relevant pilotage port to the satisfaction of the relevant Harbour Master
  • meet the applicable medical and eyesight requirements.


2 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $79.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $23.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $42.00

Renewal fees must be paid within two months after each second anniversary of the granting of the certificate. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

NSW Maritime Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.