Pilotage is the service to navigate a vessel into, within or out of port waters. The Port Authority of New South Wales provides pilotage services at NSW ports.
Transport for NSW develops and maintains the NSW Marine Pilotage Code (under the Marine Safety Regulation 2016) which includes a code of conduct and health requirements for marine pilots.
The code was developed with input from Harbour Masters, and marine pilot representatives from the pilotage ports of NSW, and the Australian Maritime Officers Union.
Marine Pilotage Code
The code is in two volumes:
- Marine Pilotage Code Volume One: contains general information and the requirements for qualification, initial training and ongoing training of marine pilots, exempt masters and holders of certificates of local knowledge.Volume One was updated in October 2015.
- Marine Pilotage Code Volume Two: addresses the health requirements for marine pilots and includes the Standard for Health Assessment of Marine Pilots (NSW).Volume Two and the Standard for Health Assessment of the Marine Pilots were updated in December 2016.
Health assessments for marine pilots
Health professionals authorised by Transport for NSW conduct health assessments of marine pilots to the prescribed standard.
The following forms are primarily for the use of Port Authority of NSW (PANSW). The Standard requires PANSW to provide these forms to the Authorised Health Professionals:
- Blue Form – Request and Report
- Pink Form – Pilot Notification and Health Questionnaire
- Green Form – Record for Health Professional.
The following documents assist with administering the Standard for Health Assessment of the Marine Pilots:
- Guidelines for administrative procedure for health assessment of marine pilots.
- Transition and Implementation Procedure.
- Procedure for appointment of Authorised Health Professionals.
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