The main function of a harbour master is to ensure the safety of navigation, which entails, in some cases, controlling navigation, provision of marked channels, ensuring adequate depths for intended use at different locations, controlling and regulating activity that could negatively affect the safety of navigation.
The Marlborough District Council Harbour extends from Willawa Point, north of Kekerengu, right around to Point Soucis north of Nelson, and includes all the waters of the Marlborough Sounds and the coast contained within harbour boundaries as indicated.
See map of harbour limits (258 Kb)
Port Information Guide (1.9 Mb)
The Harbour Master’s customers include commercial ships and ship agents, leisure craft, marine farmers and the fishing industry.
The main service offered to customers can be summed as being the provision of a safe place in which to carry out marine-related business and in which leisure users can safely enjoy the unique area under our jurisdiction.
To ensure all users can easily access the information they need, the Harbours section of this website has been redesigned to allow customers to enter their area of interest and by following the easily navigated buttons, get to the area they want as quickly as possible.
To ensure 24-hour access to harbours staff, a duty marine officer is available on Ph: 03 520 7400 at all times. Ring this number, ask for Harbours and you will be put through to the office during business hours and to the duty officer after hours.
We are grateful to the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Pilots for their assistance in setting up the nautical portal www.pictonharbour.co.nz, which is the easiest direct route to all nautical information about the area and provides access to Port Marlborough's website.
Harbour Master Contact Details