Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels over 35m LOA that intend to berth alongside the Pontoon Wharf unless the Master is Pilotage Exempt or otherwise approved by the Harbour Master. The engagement of pilotage services for the transit of Apsley Strait including passage over Mermaid Shoal is voluntary, as this area is outside Port Limits.

Port Melville has contracted the pilotage services of Auriga Group to provide pilotage for the Port. Vessels requiring pilotage services are to book their pilot via the Auriga Group – Port Melville Pilot Booking Form as soon as is practicable but no later than 48 hours prior to arrival at the pilot boarding ground.

Towage services are provided through CTB via two tugs permanently located at the port with crew engaged ex Darwin.  Towage services are booked through the port and require a minimum of two (2) working days notice to ensure their availability.

Pilotage will be conducted on a 24/7 basis, however berthing will normally take place only between sunrise and sunset unless otherwise approved by the Harbour Master. Unberthing will be conducted 24/7 as dictated by suitable tidal conditions.