Pilotage Licence - Northern Territory


Pilotage is conduct of a ship through a constrained area by a suitably qualified, experienced and licensed pilot. You will be required to apply for a pilotage licence in writing to a Pilotage Authority.

There are three declared pilotage areas where you will be required to hold a pilogate licence in the Northern Territory:

  • Darwin
  • Grove
  • Groote Eylandt.

Service type


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


A ship's master may apply for an exemption from a pilotage licence if they frequent a port and can demonstrate local knowledge and ship handling skills in the vessel of which they are captain.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a pilotage licence you will be required to demonstrate intimate knowledge of your home port and be highly trained in the art of ship handling.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please check with the agency for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Ports Management Act 2015 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Ports Management Regulations 2015 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Darwin Port

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Operating address: Administration Building
11 Export Drive
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Mailing address: GPO BOX 390
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Contact us other: 1300 327 946
Email: darwinport@darwinport.com.au
Website: Darwin Port (Opens in new window)