Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels over 35m LOA that intend to berth alongside the Pontoon Wharf. Pilotage for the Apsley Strait including passage over Mermaid Shoal is voluntary, as this area is outside Port Limits.

Port Melville has contracted the pilotage services of Argonaut Marine Group to provide pilotage for the Port. Vessels requiring pilotage services are to book their pilot via the Argonaut Marine 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 ex Darwin and require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to ensure their availability.

Pilotage will be conducted on a 24/7 basis, however berthing and unberthing is dictated by tidal conditions at the berth.