Passage Plans and Boarding Grounds

Experienced pilots ensure all vessels arrive and depart on time with the highest safety standards being observed.  Pilots can be booked by calling +64 3 472 9883, 24 hours a day.


Vessel Arrival Information Sheet (VAIS)

All vessels must also complete a Vessel Arrival Information Sheet (below) with arrival and departure data and supply this to Port Otago at least 24 hours before arrival or as soon as possible.

Port Chalmers VAIS Version 17

Dunedin VAIS Version 4

Engine Power Limiters - Over-ridable Power Limiter

Pilot Boarding Ladder Requirements


Passage Plans

Please find passage plans and charts in the PDF below.

Otago Harbour Pilotage Guide rev 7.0.pdf

Approaches and Boarding Grounds

Recommended Anchorage Position

The recommended anchorage position for vessels requiring to anchor prior to proceeding inwards to the berths is:

Anchorage Position: Lat - 45’ 42.89” South    Long - 170’ 41.72” East

Pilot Boarding Areas

There are two Pilot boarding areas on the approaches to the entrance to Otago Harbour.

Alpha – Position: Lat -45’ 42.83” South Long - 170’ 44.80” East  
Bravo – Position: Lat -45’ 43.58” South Long – 170’ 43.69” East

Pilot boarding ground Alpha is the preferred Pilot boarding ground for larger cruise vessels and also for container vessels greater than 225 m LOA and oil tankers.   This boarding ground allows sufficient time for the Pilot to move from the top of the Pilot ladder to the Bridge to conduct the Master/Pilot information exchange prior to closing on the Fairway Beacon.

Boarding Grounds Doctored