Marine & Shipping

Port Otago Marine boasts a professional, hands-on team who take ownership of their individual roles and responsibilities. Our team consists of diversely qualified Pilots, seagoing and management personnel, each of whom brings their own special expertise to the operation.


Experienced pilots ensure all vessels arrive and depart on time with the highest safety standards being observed. We have three pilot launches, the Aramoana, Potiki and PaerataPilots can be booked by calling (03) 4729883, 24 hours a day. Read more about Port Otago pilotage.


Our three tugs, Otago, Taiaroa and Arihi, are fully equipped to handle all types of vessels. Otago has a bollard pull of 58 tonnes, Taiaroa has a bollard pull of 68 tonnes, and Arihi has a bollard pull of 30 tonnes.

Communication with Vessels

Port Otago Harbour Control maintains full ship-to-shore communication systems.  Please see the Harbour Control page for details of VHF channels.

Water and Garbage

Fresh water is available at both Port Chalmers and Dunedin, with delivery to the vessel at 25 - 40 tonnes per hour.

Port Otago offers a comprehensive garbage service for all vessels, including MPI approved disposal.

Port Facilities Management

Our technical services team is responsible for the maintenance of all our facilities including:

  • Navigable channels 
  • Wharves 
  • Plant 
  • Buildings

Bunker Facilities

Fixed bunker facilities are available at Dunedin at either the Oil Wharf or at X/Y Berth.

The Oil Wharf is the berth most frequently utilised for bunkering with Gas Oil, MDO, LFO and Fuel Oil being readily available ex wharf.  The Oil Wharf can accept vessels up to 190 m LOA.  The manifold position on the wharf is 100 metres from the outer end of the berth.  The minimum depth alongside the berth is 8.3 metres and safe draft is 8.0 metres. 

On X/Y Berth MDO and LFO are available.  The minimum depth alongside the wharf is 8.3 metres with a safe draft of 8.0 metres.  The bunker point on this berth is positioned 60 metres from the North end of the berth.

By special arrangement, it is possible to have fuel delivered by truck ex wharf at various berths in Dunedin and Port Chalmers. Quantities delivered ex truck are limited to MDO only.