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Port Hedland Pilots promote the IMO’s mandate for complete berth to berth Passage Planning, as outlined in the International Chamber of Shipping’s Bridge Procedure’s Guide. In order to assist mariners in their application of these principles Port Hedland Pilots provide the following guidance and resources. Please note that Port Hedland Pilots, and the Pilbara Ports Authority expect ship’s calling at Port Hedland to have been furnished with official, up to date charts Aus 53, 52 & 54, as well all other required documentation for proper planning of a passage into, and out of, the port.

Generic Pilotage Information

The following information is applicable to all Arrival and Departure Pilotage operations in Port Hedland.

Port Hedland Pilots provide the following information as advice only to Master’s and Ship’s crews.

While all care is taken to maintain the accuracy and validity of the following information, any person navigating within the Port should take all possible precautions applicable to the prevailing circumstances and conditions, and adhere to all appropriate International, National and Local requirements, law’s and codes.

Port Hedland Pilots promote the use of proper Bridge Resource Management, closed loop communication and request the cooperation of all ship’s crew members in the planning, execution, monitoring and appraisal of all Pilotage operations. To this end ships Masters are directed towards the AMSA document, Marine Notice 11/2016. AMSA Marine Notices can be found here.

Port Hedland Pilots promote a smoke free workplace and request that ALL ship’s crew refrain from smoking within the wheelhouse whilst a vessel is under Pilotage.

Port Hedland Pilots request that all bridge team members and officers monitor and confirm all helm and engine orders and the vessel’s position at all times.

Port Hedland Pilots request that any doubts and errors are immediately brought to the Pilot’s attention.

The port’s channels are very narrow and require consistent, accurate steering for safe passage.

Port Hedland Pilots request that prior to arrival and/or departure, accurate berthing and sailing drafts are passed to the Pilbara Ports Authority (via your ship’s agent).

Port Hedland Pilots request that the vessel assess their ability to receive pilot transfers by helicopter. Appropriate checklists an documentation can be obtained via the ship’s agent or from the Pilbara Ports Authority website:

PPA Helicopter Safety Compliance Checklist
PPA Marine Pilot Transfer Guidelines & Procedures

Port Hedland Pilots request that when conducting pilot transfers by Pilot Launch, that a pilot ladder be rigged:
  • a) on the lee side
  • b) 2m above the water line
  • c) with two man ropes
  • d) a heaving line for Pilot’s bags.
Port Hedland Pilots require that Pilot Ladder's be rigged in accordance with IMO Guidelines

Once on board, Port Hedland Pilots request that the Ship’s Master and appropriate Ship’s Officers be available for a Master / Pilot Exchange of Information regarding the planned Pilotage and Passage in or out of Port Hedland.

A copy of this information can be downloaded here – Generic Pilotage Information

A table for calculating required tide for Port entry and departure via the Eastern Approach, E2 & E3 Buoys (depth 10.5m + tide), can be found here, E2/E3 Tide Required Table.

If the predicted tide, at your time of passage, is less that that indicated in the table, your passage may need to be delayed.

Waypoint Data

A compilation of suggested Waypoint and Route data is provided via the following links.

Port Hedland Pilots provide this information as advice only and suggest that any person utilising the provided information verify it’s accuracy and conduct a proper and full planning of their passage through pilotage waters.

Port Hedland Pilot’s List of Suggested Routes

Port Hedland Pilots List of Useful Waypoint Data (for use in compiling specific passage plans)

Entry & Departure Tables

Tables for determining the required tide for entry and departure at various points along the Port Hedland Shipping Channel can be found via the following links:
Pilotage Plans