The Master of an arriving vessel should ensure sufficient sea-room is maintained to allow manoeuvres to provide a lee for the pilot cutter. Because of the frequent presence of swell, and its changing pattern close to the entrances, arriving vessels must not proceed inshore without the approval of the Pilot or UTS.
All approaching vessels are tracked by radar, AIS and CCTV as they approach port limits.
Pilot vessels are 16 metre semi-planing hulls, of about 35 tonnes displacement, with yellow and orange topsides on which the word ‘PILOT’ is painted. When engaged on pilotage duty they carry international flag or light signals prescribed for pilot vessels on station.
Sydney Ports require pilot ladders of all vessels, entering or departing Sydney or Botany Bay, to be rigged in strict accordance with Solas Regulation V/23, IMO resolutions and IMPA recommendations. Sydney Ports UTS will advise of the height of ladder above water requirements.
To avoid possible delays, Masters should take note of the following requirements:
Download the Required Boarding Arrangements for Pilots diagram for more information.