Port Philip Sea Pilots - 180+ years supporting Victorian ports
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Leading the Way.

Marine Pilotage

All Victorian Ports

Australian Owned Est. 1839


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180+ Years Supporting
Victorian ports

Port Philip Sea Pilots delivers an on-demand marine pilotage service for commercial vessels calling to the ports of Melbourne, Geelong, Hastings and Corner Inlet, as well as providing back-up pilotage services for Portland.

Our Proudly Australian-owned and operated service provides the expertise needed to safely pilot your vessel through-out Victorian waters. We constantly collaborate with ports and industry stakeholders to deliver the right outcome every time. 

We’re dedicated to providing safe passage and look forward to working with your bridge team during your next port call. 

Historical Port Philip Sea Pilots logo

Our Expertise.

PPSP handle ships of all sizes and levels of sophistication, into all wharves and anchorages, and we do it with an unparalleled level of expertise and experience.

Pilots planning at helm of a ship
Shipping containers at Port Melbourne

Our Ports.

Victoria’s ports are the gateways to Australia’s second largest state economy. PPSP’s 30+ pilots have a combined 500+ years of experience  handling vessels in these ports, applying the highest professional standards to ensure safe and efficient transit of ships, goods and people they carry.

Our People.

PPSP invests in a team of nearly 50 people which includes pilots, launch crew, boat maintenance staff, control room operators and administration personnel to provide the service our customers demand.

Sea pilot walking on jetty
Historical ship photo

Our Story.

PPSP operating licence was granted to founder George Tobin by Governor Gipps of New South Wales (pre Federation) on condition that “the appointment must not bring any expense on the Government”. The service is unique in that it is fully Australian- owned and operated by its pilots in keeping with the terms of the original appointment.

Pilot On Board.

A must read for anyone who enjoys early Victorian maritime history, or just wants a stunning coffee table book full of beautiful pictures.

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Our Community.

PPSP is part of a broad maritime community and proudly supports local initiatives, institutions and organisations that contribute to welfare, culture and safety. We’re also first-line stewards of the marine environment.