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.
Ports of Auckland is fully 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 Ports 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.