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Port information guide Picton

This guide has been written for masters of seagoing vessels, shipping lines, publishers of nautical information and any other party that needs nautical information.

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Pilot Stations

Northern EntranceThe main pilot boarding station at the Northern Entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. It is located at 41° 04.62'S 174° 18.92'E. Log ships must use this pilot station.
Tory Channel

Tory Channel is not suitable for bulk carriers or log ships.

Vessels over 350 GRT may be permitted to enter or depart the Marlborough Harbour via Tory Channel subject to agreement from the Harbour Master and pilots.

Applications to transit Tory Channel must be made via the ship's agent at least 14 days in advance.

Communication

Picton Harbour Radio operates on VHF 18 and provides information on harbour traffic and weather.

Inbound vessels must contact Picton Harbour Radio on VHF 18 at least two hours before arrival at the pilot station.

The pilot launch Endeavour departs Picton approximately 1.5 hours prior to the pilot's scheduled boarding time and maintains a listening watch on VHF 18.

Boarding instructions

The pilot will contact the inbound vessel from the pilot launch Endeavour on VHF 18 with boarding instructions.

Normally, the pilot will board on the line of the leading light with a boarding speed of 8 knots and the pilot ladder rigged on the lee side at 1.5m above the water and no man ropes.

Passage planThe pilot’s passage plan will be provided during the Master Pilot exchange. A copy of the passage plan and waypoints are available on the Port Marlborough website. www.pictonpilot.co.nz
DraftThe minimum charted depth is 13.2m for the passage to the berth. A 2 m UKC is required at all times.
SafetyPilot life jackets are equipped with AIS and a strobe light. These will automatically activate if a pilot falls into the water.
AnchoringCharted anchorages in the Marlborough Harbour can only be accessed with a pilot on board. Anchoring in any other location within harbour limits requires permission from the Harbour Master.
Additional informationCharted anchorages in the Marlborough Harbour can only be accessed with a pilot on board. Anchoring in any other location within harbour limits requires permission from the Harbour Master.
Harbour Master contacts

Email: harbours@marlborough.govt.nz

Phone: +64 3 520 7400

Port and pilots contactsEmail: pilots@pmnz.co.nz

Ship pre-arrival form

Agents/owners are required to complete the ship pre-arrival form, giving as much information as possible (latest 24 hours).

Choose either the PDF version or the online web form. Do not complete both.

Online web form

When this form is submitted, a copy of the information submitted will be sent to the email address you specified in the form.

Go to ship pre-arrival form

PDF version

Print the PDF form, complete it and return to our harbours section by fax, post or in person (see harbours contact details using the link below) or email: harbours@marlborough.govt.nz, pilots@pmnz.co.nz and shipping@pmnz.co.nz.

Complete the PDF form (15 KB)

See harbours contact details