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.
All incoming vessels must provide notice of arrival to Port Otago Harbour Control, 48 and 24 hours in advance, see our Harbour Control page for further details. Also refer to our list of Marine contacts.
The aim of this document is to provide information to the ship’s Bridge Team to assist in constructing a passage plan into Port Otago. This document is subject to regular review. The online edition may differ from your pilot’s copy which will be the latest version.
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.
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|
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.