Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 70m in length and all loaded tankers in the Inner Route and Great North East Channel of the Great Barrier Reef.
Compulsory pilotage routes within the GBR.
Pilot transfers in the Inner Route and Great North East Channel are conducted exclusively by launch and via ‘land-on’ helicopter at Blossom Bank for Hydrographers Passage.
Torres Pilots requires vessels to reduce pilot boarding speed to six knots and create a lee for the pilot vessel. Pilot ladder is required to be rigged on lee side 1.5m above sea level as per IMO standards.
The MAXIMUM draft for vessels transiting Torres Strait is 12.5m for non-container vessels. Container vessels are restricted to a MAXIMUM draft of 12.2m for transiting Torres Strait.
View an information guide for Hydrographers Passage and helicopter operations
View the AMSA Queensland Coastal Passage Plan