Pilotage

Pilotage company: Port Otago Limited under the authority of Otago Regional Council.
Port(s) served: Port of Otago comprising Port Chalmers, Dunedin and Ravensbourne.
Contacting pilot: Pilots can be contacted through Otago Harbour Control, throughout 24 hours, on VHF Ch 16 and 14. VHF contact can normally be established when approx 40nm distant.
To contact pilots by mail, telephone or fax see "Address" section.
Pilot ETA's: ETA should be sent 24 hours prior to arrival if possible and confirmed 4 hours before boarding pilot. ETA's can be sent directly or via the ship's agent.
The ETA message should include the vessel's name, callsign and max draught.
There are no special regulations for large/deep draught vessels, but there are draught/tide restrictions and prior advice of max draught may avoid delays.
Vessels to Dunedin and Ravensbourne must have stern trim of 0.5-2.5m, vessels to Port Chalmers must be on an even keel or trimmed by the stern.
Compulsory pilotage: Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels over 100GT.
Language(s) used: English language is used for all communications in the port.
Pilot boarding area: The pilot boarding ground "Beta" is 1.5nm N of the Approaches Light Beacon. Pilot boarding ground "Alpha" is situated 1nm NE of boarding ground "Bravo".
Pilotage distances: Distances from boarding pilot to:

1.Anchorage (no pilot required) 2nm
2.To nearest berth 7nm
3.To farthest berth14nm

Helicopter operations: There are no helicopter operations.
Multiple pilots: A single pilot is used.
Overcarried pilots: Overcarried pilots are landed at Timaru or Lyttelton if northbound and at Bluff if southbound.

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