Compulsory for all vessels. Available 24 hours, except tankers and other vessels carrying dangerous cargoes, which are daylight only. 48 hours notice is required. Pilots board 2nm SE of Fairway Lightbuoy.
As laden tankers are berthed at slack water, pilots board such vessels at least 1.5 hours before HW.
When embarking a pilot, a good lee should be provided and speed maintained at about 5-6kts, or as required by the pilot boat. There are occasions when it is preferential to provide a lee from the swell rather than from the wind; advice from the port should be obtained if in doubt.
Pilot boards in position 04°06.91'S 039°44.15'E (2nm SE of the Fairway Lightbuoy).
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