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.