Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) - Northern Territory


You will need this exemption certificate if you are a ship's master and you intend to navigate the ship through a compulsory pilotage area without a licensed marine pilot. Compulsory pilotage areas include:

  • Darwin
  • Grove
  • Groote Eylandt

All vessels 35 metres or greater in length within a compulsory pilotage area must either:

  • carry a licensed pilot, or
  • be under the lawful command of a master who holds a valid Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • hold the relevant certificate of competency
  • hold a valid certificate of medical fitness in accordance with marine orders part 9
  • provide a record of trips within 12 months immediately prior to your application demonstrating you meet the relevant requirements
  • undergo an examination and practical assessment process.


Up to 2 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1070.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Renewal All $475.00

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Ports Management Act 2015 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Ports Management Regulations 2015 Northern Territory

Application process


To apply for this licence, you must complete the application form and email it, along with all relevant documents, to the authority. An invoice will be sent to the address included on the application.

Once your application has been approved, you must apply for an exam time. Your completed exam will be forwarded to the pilotage service provider. This will take at least 24 hours for marking. You cannot have a pilot assessment until your exam has been marked. To book a pilot assessment, email shipping@darwinport.com.au and copy your email to pec@nt.gov.au.

You will be given a PEC number and an electronic certificate by email once you have passed two pilot assessments.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Marine Safety Branch

Contact details

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