Pilotage Exemption Certificate - Tasmania


You will require this certificate if you want to pilot your own vessel into a harbour that usually requires the services of a marine pilot to do so.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information.

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 as an Australian Master Class 1 or an equivalent certificate or experience and qualification approved by the Authority
  • have served aboard a vessel with no less than one first mate, navigating the area to which the exemption applies for no less than 12 months immediately prior to application
  • produce a medical certificate that meets the specified requirements
  • pass any training or examinations required by the Authority.

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to have piloted a vessel into the harbour within last 6 months to maintain the exemption. If you haven't, you will need to undergo assessment.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Pilotage Exemption Certificate - You will need to contact the relevant port authority to obtain this form.

Act(s) name

Marine and Safety Authority Act 1997 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Marine and Safety (Pilotage and Navigation) Regulations 2017 Tasmania

Additional information

If your vessel is considered low risk then you may apply for an low risk vessel pilot exemption. A low risk vessel is:

  •     between 35 and 75 metres
  •     not carrying more than 12 passengers
  •     not a cargo carrying vessel
  •     not engaged in towing operations
  •     not a vessel that has a normal operating speed greater than 25 knots.

Administering agency


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:


Operating address: 90 - 110 Willis Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Mailing address: PO BOX 1060
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 1300 366 742
Email: reception@tasports.com.au
Website: TasPorts (Opens in new window)