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Marine Services

Ports of Auckland provides towing, lines-handling and pilotage services to shipping lines and hydrographic surveying for the Waitematā and Manukau Harbours.

Ports of Auckland has an operations centre on the Waitematā Harbour and a signal station at South Head on the Manukau Harbour  we maintain navigational aids such as lights and buoys on both harbours. We also provide marine services on the Whangarei Harbour, through our North Tugz business. Our Marine Services team also offers hydrographic surveying services.

Our Harbour Control team schedules commercial movements around the harbour to ensure that adequate resources are available for each movement. It has an advisory role for providing information to ships and other craft entering the harbour limits.  The use of the sophisticated Transas Navi-Harbour system in conjunction with the Automated Identification System (AIS) assists with keeping track of the movements of all ships as they travel between Cape Reinga and Tauranga.

Pilotage is mandatory on the Waitematā Harbour for vessels over 500 gross registered tonnes; pilots board one to two nautical miles north of the Rangitoto Beacon. The division operates two pilot boats and four tugs on the Waitematā Harbour 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bookings can be made at [email protected].

For more information for commercial vessels visiting Auckland, visit the  Auckland Council Harbourmaster's website




Waitemata Harbour

HaurakiASD70 tonnes bollard pull, 270 gross tonnes and maximum speed of 13 knots
WaipapaASD51 tonnes bollard pull, 22 metres long, 338 gross tonnes and maximum speed of 12 knots
WakakumeASDAs for Waipapa
DaldyVoith24 tonnes bollard pull, 226 gross tonnes
AkaranaTwin screw14.9-metre, aluminium hull, Naiad design pilot boat, maximum speed of 32 knots
WakatereTwin Screw15.6-metre aluminium pilot catamaran, maximum speed of 40 knots
AcheronTwin OutboardSpecialist hydrographic survey vessel

Whangarei Harbour

TakahiwaiASD51 tonnes bollard pull, two-crew tug, 22 metres long, 338 tonnes of displacement and maximum speed of 12 knots
Bream BayASD70 tonnes bollard pull, three-crew tug, 24 metres long and 11 metres beam, maximum speed of 12.8 knots
KempTwin Screw14 tonnes bollard pull tug
Marsden BayTwin Screw29/23 tonnes bollard pull conventional tug
HobsonTwin ScrewThree tonnes bollard pull tug
Jack GuyTwin Screw12.6 metres alluminium hull, Naiad design pilot boat, maximum speed of 24 knots