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Marine Services

Port of Auckland provides towing, lines-handling and pilotage services to shipping lines and the wider maritime community.

Pilotage is mandatory on the Waitematā Harbour for vessels over 500 gross registered tonnes. Our Pilot team provides pilotage for vessels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pilots board one to two nautical miles north of the Rangitoto Beacon. To assist in this, our Marine team operate two pilot boats and four tugs. Bookings can be made at [email protected].

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 a sophisticated electronic charting system in conjunction with the Automated Identification System (AIS) assists with keeping track of the movements of all ships as they transit in and out of the harbour.

Our Marine team also offers hydrographic surveying services.​ Additionally, we also provide marine services on the Whangarei Harbour, through our North Tugz business.

Port of Auckland is fu​lly committed to compliance with the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code. The Code is a voluntary national standard designed to ensure the safe management of marine activities in ports and harbours. The Code relies on a collaborative structure between Maritime New Zealand, Harbourmasters and Port Operators, and provides a standard against which Port of Auckland can measure itself, and be measured by others.

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
SparkyASD70 tonne bollard pull, world's first full-sized electric ship ​handling tugboat, 80 battery racks holding 2,240 batteries, totalling 2,784 kWh of power.
Akarana​Twin 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